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Golf – for the Health of It

Syndicated-Content-StayinFitThruFallIn honor of EWGA's Staying Fit Through Fall month, here are some quick facts from a report by Walker Research Group: 

  • A walked 18-hole round, carrying a bag or using a hand/pull cart, is approximately equal to a 5-mile walk.
  • The total caloric expenditure for an 18-hole round is approximately 2,000 calories for walking while carrying clubs, and 1,300 calories when riding in a cart.
  • Since walking is biomechanically more efficient than running, playing an 18-hole round of golf walking is roughly equivalent to a 3.5 to 4-mile run.
  • When walking 18-holes of golf, blood glucose levels fall by up to 20% for the young, 10% for the middle-aged, and 30% for the elderly players, and body weight is slightly reduced among all age groups.
  • Repeated golf practice enhances balance control and confidence among all age ranges.
  • Older golfers tend to have better static and dynamic balance control and confidence than non-golfing 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.