Golf season is upon us in Michigan. The piano music you hear during the Masters commercials says it’s so. The grass is turning green, sort of, and drying out a bit after a very wet early spring. All in all, the time is here. So, when you decide to go play the first round of the year, how about walking?
Golf was not intended to be played riding a buggy in a zig zag motion from shot to shot and from tee to green. Golf is an outdoor sport, and one of its charms is connecting with nature and the beautiful surrounding that most golf courses feature. The sound of gas powered golf carts, along with those pesky concrete golf paths, violate that charm.
A standard golf course is over 6,000 yards, tee to green, 18 holes. This doesn’t count the wayward shots into the woods, or the walk between holes. When you add it all up, walking 18 holes, will net you approximately 4 to 5 miles, or more, worth of steps (8,000 to 10,000+ steps). Add in the potential elevation changes, and the warm up and actual swings you make hitting the ball, and you have performed a fair amount of exercise for that day. Carry your bag, and you can truly say you had a good workout.
First and foremost, check with your doctor before any exercise regimen. This includes the exercise I described above. Our target audience is the over 40 crowd, and possibly those with a higher risk of heart disease, but as we found out on more than one occasion lately, heart disease doesn’t discriminate. Most people don’t know they were at risk until it is too late. That is why I continue to advocate regular doctor visits, and knowing what questions to ask your doctor. It can be a matter of life or death, seriously.
Once cleared by your physician, head to the course and consider walking. A pull cart might be a good way to start, and once you feel like you can handle it, consider carrying your bag (lighten it up of course). You may find golf more enjoyable, and ironically, you may even play better. I know for sure, that you will get more exercise, good exercise, that way as well. Enjoy the season!
It Starts With The Heart!