The Physical Benefits of Playing Golf

By Andrea Palmer
Walking while carrying your clubs is good exercise.

Golf is seen as a sport of leisure, but it is also a sport that provides great physical benefits. Taking a stressful day out to the golf links can be just what the doctor ordered for your health.

Overview

Golf is seen as a sport of leisure, but it is also a sport that provides great physical benefits. Taking a stressful day out to the golf links can be just what the doctor ordered for your health.

Heart and Lung Workout

A full day at the course once a week will give your heart and lungs a good workout. Walking at least once a week for your full 18 holes gets the heart pumping. You're getting in a good walk and low-intensity subaerobic exercise that otherwise would not happen sitting on a couch.

Golf Burns Calories

Playing a nine-hole course, golfers can burn up to 721 calories by walking and carrying their bag. Twice a week and you'll have burned 1,442 calories. This calorie-reducing activity is perfect for someone who watches their caloric intake but can't exercise regularly.

Stress Relief

Stress can be unpleasant, especially those who are aging, and golf helps to alleviate stress. Being in an outdoor area where you can interact with others who share your interests is a great way to forget your troubles. Many golfers choose clubs that allow them consistent access to their favorite types of holes and other benefits to keep them happy.

Low Risk Of Injury

All sports carry a risk of injury. Golf is among the lowest in terms of risk for injury. It is a leisurely activity that has few jerking movements on the legs and lower back. While injuries occur, they are relatively minor. Mature players find this quite enticing as they can still burn calories and get a workout without exhausting or risking injury. Warming up and stretching before a round will also significantly reduce your risk of injury.

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