You’ve been telling yourself for ages that you need a regular exercise regime. So what should you do — a little walking, or maybe some strength training? How about a regular game of golf?
Wait, that can’t be right! You might not think that golfing could be a viable part of your exercise regime, but it can be a more intensive workout than you think.
First of all, a game of golf involves a lot of walking. Even if you don’t walk very quickly or vigorously, spending several hours strolling from hole to hole is a good cardio workout and burns a lot of calories, especially when you consider the hills and valleys that you have to travel across over the course of a game. If you don’t use a golf cart, you can end up walking about five miles. With a golf cart, you’ll still walk approximately a mile.
Light Strength Training
Golf is also good for strength training. Instead of getting a caddie, carry your own clubs around the course, and you can burn almost 1,500 calories while building upper body strength. Note, though, that if you’re out of shape and just starting to get back into a fitness regimen, carrying your clubs all day can cause fatigue, and your motor skills (and ultimately your golf score) may suffer.
To start, you can employ a push or pull cart instead of a drivable one and burn almost as many calories while working different muscles. Even the walking itself has muscle-building benefits, as the hills will help work your quadriceps and hamstrings, strengthening your lower body.
Balance, Core, and Mental Health
In addition, golf is a good way to improve your balance and strengthen your core, which helps prevent things like back pain. It can even improve your mental health as well, increasing your concentration, which can stave off mental degradation and ultimately improve your memory and motor skills.
To schedule a game of golf and get a jump-start on your new fitness regime, contact Quail Hollow. Our beautiful championship course is great for getting in shape, as well as fun for both beginners and experts.