Walking is a great way to keep fit and burn excess fat, especially if it’s brisk. Golfing involves considerable walking so naturally a regular round of golf will help you to stay active and shed pounds.
Golfing doesn’t involve much in the way of aerobic exercise, but nevertheless an 18-hole round can require up to five hours of walking and arm exercise. This is exceptionally long as far as physical activity goes and will burn a significant number of calories especially walking up and down our hills here at Warley.
Walking is often recommended to people who are in the recovering stages of injury or for those whose health requires gentle activity. For this reason, golf is a great hobby to take up and is regarded among many as one of the most enjoyable ways of keeping fit.
If you don’t enjoy exercise and hate the gym then it’s also a good way of distracting yourself from physical exercise.
The amount of calorie burn you achieve will depend on a variety of factors including your weight and the duration you walk. If you choose to travel the course on a golf buggy, don’t except to burn much fat.
How many miles is an 18 hole course
Our 18-hole course is around five miles of walking up and down the hills. In a buggy, this is likely to be less than one mile.
Carrying your golf clubs will help… Calorie-burn will also depend on whether you carry your golf clubs over your shoulder. It is estimated that an average-sized man can burn 1,442 calories by walking and carrying his clubs around an 18-hole course.
Golf = gym?
This is considerably more than a 30-minute gym session, so if you’re getting out on the golf course two or three times a week, you can expect to burn a high level of calories.
This, of course, can all be undone by a few pints after the game so if you’re using golf as a means of keeping fit and losing weight, consider a healthy post-game refreshment!
If walking long distances is not possible for health reasons, then golf is still a good way to get exercise. You can burn between 100 and 300 calories for every 30 minutes of golf you play – even using a buggy.
The exact calorie burn will be specific to your weight. To lose 1lb, your body needs to burn about 3,500 calories. If you’re retired and have time to play five nine-hole games per week while walking, that’s your 3,500 calories!