What comes to mind when you think of golf? I view golf as an activity often present in the corporate world. For example, my first golf experience was at an office golf tournament during a summer co-op. There were no hole-in-one shots, but I did discover a few things while socializing and being active outside. Here’s what I learned:
- Playing a game of golf is good for your health, physically and socially.
- It gets you out of your office chair (or home) and experiencing the calming effects of nature.
- Playing an 18-hole round has you taking over 10,000 steps. All that walking is great for bone health, plus the uneven terrain challenges your balance.
If you’ve never tried golf…
Anybody can play golf, and summer is a great time to try! You don’t need a work event, a large party or tons of money. A couple of tips to get started:
- Get an understanding of the basic rules and etiquette before you head to the course.
- Try a Pitch and Put course first. This variation has shorter distances between holes. Lots of community parks have pitch and put, which makes it a low cost activity, enjoyable for the entire family.
- See if you can borrow golf clubs from a friend and try them at a driving range before purchasing your own set.
If you are an experienced golfer…
If golf is your go to game, doing extra aerobic exercise, like swimming or jogging, will increase your stamina and help you feel more energetic on the course. Other ways to enhance your game:
- Do core strengthening exercises to make your swing more powerful
- Improve your strength with exercises like these to make carrying your clubs a breeze
- Do some basic stretching or yoga to make bending over to set your tee much easier
- Work with a Qualified Exercise Professional, (like the ones at the Physical Activity Line) for more advice
- Try Speed-golf to maximize your physical activity on the course. The goal of this variation of the game is to complete a round of golf in the shortest time and with the fewest golf swings. Players carry minimal clubs and run from hole to hole!
Personally, I’d like to try speed golf one of these days. Do you golf? Why do you think it’s a good way to stay active? Let us know in the comments below.
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