I’m back! But only sorta.
As you probably know by now, I’m under serious construction at my building this Summer with jackhammers going all day, every day. This makes it pretty dang impossible for me to record new videos for you.
So, I’m relying on the kindness of friends with a few fun guest posts until these construction dudes get off my corner of the building (which they’ve promised me should be in a couple more weeks, but we’ll see, cuz I’ve been hearing this for a couple of weeks now).
So, today’s article is from my friend and golf enthusiast Emma Barnes.
I never really considered whether or not golfing was very good exercise (it doesn’t seem intense enough for the likes of me), but Emma’s got a few great things to say about it that you may find interesting.
Take it away Emma:
Challenging The Stereotype That Golf Is Only For Fat Old Men
Golf is for old people, right?
Although the stereotypical golfing player may be over the age of 50, fat and unhealthy, the reality is that many younger, fitter people are getting into the game.
It may surprise you, but part of the reason why the modern golfer is fit is because they play regularly.
Top professional players under the age of 30 including Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Lexi Thompson and Paula Creamer all look fit because they play roughly forty tournaments every year, playing two or four rounds each time depending on whether they make the cut at the halfway stage.
Even older professionals and keen amateurs are making an effort to get into shape. On the senior tours, the likes of Greg Norman, Tom Watson and Bernhard Langer still play tournaments every two or three weeks despite being well over 50 years old.
A big part of being fit for golf is playing regularly. There are a couple of useful ways in which playing 18 holes can help to keep you in shape, enabling you to get better as you get into the habit of teeing off on a weekly or even daily basis.
When you’re playing a standard 18-hole course which is around 5,000 yards long, you’re walking the length of each hole. 5,000 yards is the equivalent of about three miles, and walking that distance once, twice or more times a week will benefit your health.
Once you’re used to it, you won’t be getting out of breath easily and your calves and thighs will begin to look more toned.
This will be especially effective if you’re walking up and down hills all day. Some golf courses are notoriously hilly, so you might want to investigate one near you.
The average golfer will hit 90 shots around a typical course. Add in practice swings, and you’re swinging or putting between 200 and 300 times.
Swinging benefits your health because it helps to build up your upper body strength and muscles as well as strengthening your core, while it can also help with your posture, meaning you’re less likely to suffer back pain if you play.
While golf alone can prove beneficial for your health, many who play the game also do other things to help keep in shape and improve their game.
Working out at the gym is a common tactic employed by dedicated amateurs and professionals alike.
At the gym, golf enthusiasts can lift weights, use rowing machines and exercise bikes and even run on a treadmill to help improve their game on the golf course. Some may want to build up their strength or stamina … or, if they’re feeling a little flabby, lose some weight. There’s a detailed golf workout on the PGA tour blog.
Other means of exercise such as running, swimming and even surfing are also useful ways to get in better shape to improve one’s strength and stamina to help their golf game.
Mental fitness is also important when playing.
Whether it’s trying to strategize where you want your ball to end up after your drive, how to get the ball out of bunker or how hard you should hit a 40-foot putt, you’re constantly giving your brain a workout as well as your body.
Playing golf in tandem with other forms of regular exercise can help to get you in great shape, no matter how old you are or how good your game is as long as you play regularly.
Thanks Emma. That’s really great information.
Now, let’s get out there and do a little golfing!
Hey, it would be a great excuse for me to escape these jackhammers for an afternoon, eh? lol!
Have a fit, fun and fantastic day.