You don’t have to be Tiger Woods to love golf. Is a Tiger Woods reference even current anymore? Let’s start over.
You don’t have to be Jordan Spieth to love golf. (Better? Better.) After all, golf benefits players of all ages, sizes, and skill sets in myriad ways. Here are three ways golf can help you get your body in better shape.
1. Walking is good for your heart.
As Mark Twain once (possibly apocryphally!) said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” So even he couldn’t say a bad word about one of the best things about golf: strolling through the grass. The upsides to walking are seemingly limitless: The Arthritis Foundation lists 12 benefits of walking. Walking is excellent for your heart. It burns calories. It clears the mind, which, as any wayward tee shot driver knows, is often necessary on the golf course. But perhaps most importantly, walking a golf course keeps you active. More on this in the next section.
2. Golf burns those calories.
It may not have the reputation as an overly active sport, but studies have shown that golf benefits even the fitness lovers among us. Especially for those who walk and carry their own bag, golfers can burn as many calories in one round as indoor cyclers[link to indoor cycling article] in a 45-minute spin class. According to this article, just two rounds of golf per week can help adults hit the calorie burning target recommended by some doctors: 2,500 calories per week. It’s important to note, however, that you’ll not get these benefits by riding in a cart! Spoil that walk like Mark Twain intended.
3. Golf benefits your bladder(!)
This one is not as oft-discussed by the links lovers among us, but it’s nonetheless important. This article from Health Fitness Revolution sums it up best: “Those frequent visits to your friendly course beer-cart girl can give your bladder a run for time. The longer you learn to hold it, the more you strengthen the capacity of your bladder.” Golf truly is the gift that keeps on giving!
Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and it is not meant to be relied on as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult your physician before starting any exercise or dietary program or taking any other action respecting your health. In case of a medical emergency, call 911.