The health and wellness benefits of golf have been discussed more frequently in
recent months and have increasingly been a part of golf’s messaging to all
interested in playing the game.  Because of this increased interest, the World
Golf Foundation has conducted a worldwide review of the topic.

A recent literature review revealed several statistics regarding the health and wellness
benefits of golf:
1.  Calories burned:
playing 18 holes and riding = 1,300
playing 18 holes, walking and using a pull cart = 1,500
playing 18 holes, walking and carrying your clubs = 2,000


  1. A walked 18-hole round = 5 mile walk and meets the 10,000 steps per day
    guideline for exercise recommended by most medical and clinical physicians.
    * Since walking is biomechanically more efficient than running, walking an
    18-hole round of golf is roughly equivalent to a 3.5 to 4 mile run.

  2. Exercise intensity and energy cost of playing 9 holes = 40 minutes of lawn
    mowing for adult men.

  3. Walking three 18-hole rounds per week provides enough exercise for weight
    maintenance for all ages.

Other ways to burn 1,300 calories:
* Strength Training for 2 hours and 45 minutes
* Aerobic Activity for 2 hours and 10 minutes
* Jogging on a Treadmill for 2 hours and 10 minutes

The key factor missing in the above other ways to burn 1,300 calories is the Great Views!

Health & Fitness Fact Sheet
Studies show that playing golf has health and wellness aspects. Those who play golf four times a week and walk the course expend nearly 8,000 more calories a week than golf cart riders. 

That translates to an additional loss of nine pounds over three months (source: Golf Fitness Laboratory at Pitt Medical Center’s Center for Sports Medicine).

Those who walk 36 holes a week will burn around 2,900 calories a week. 

Studies show that burning 2,500 calories a week improves your overall health by lowering your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer studies reveal that walking is good for your health and what better place to walk than at a golf course with its beautiful settings.  You can get fit while playing a game you enjoy and ultimately live a longer, healthier life and improve your game. 

Health and fitness experts advocate that taking 10,000 steps per day, which is equivalent to five miles (8,800 yards), will improve your overall fitness and help control your weight.

One of the great things about walking is it offers both physical and mind/body benefits that are often immediate. “Studies have shown the strong health benefits walking can also have in protecting golfers against heart disease. Any form of walking is good for your ticker, even if that means you’re just chasing after your 150-yard banana ball all day long.”

Playing the game of golf can improve your quality of life. Walking 9 or 18 holes of golf (with or without a cart) can help oxygenate the body, improve posture and renew your spirit.

According to the Health Status calorie counter:

A person who weighs between 150-200 pounds, will burn between 2,000 – 2,700 calories by walking an 18-hole golf course. You must burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound.

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that adults aged 18 years and older gain substantial health benefits from at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity, every week and children benefit from an hour or more of physical activity every week.

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