Golfing is good for fitness. Consider these findings from a new report:
• Walking an 18-hole round of golf, carrying a bag or using a pull cart, is equivalent to about a five-mile walk.
• Walking 18 holes and carrying clubs burns about 2,000 calories. Riding in a cart reduces the game’s caloric expenditure to 1,300 calories.
• When walking 18 holes, blood glucose levels fall by up to 20 percent for young players, 10 percent for the middle-aged, and 30 percent for the elderly players.
• Older golfers tend to have better static and dynamic balance control and confidence than nongolfing older, healthy adults.
• Regardless of handicap, sex, or course played, golfers exceed 10,000 steps during a typical round of golf — which meets the guideline for exercise recommended by most medical and clinical physicians.
— Anne Aurand, The Bulletin
Source: The Health & Wellness Benefits of Golf report by Walker Research Group for GOLF 20/20 and World Golf Foundation.