While golf can easily be a very lazy and even unhealthy game if you are riding around in a golf cart drinking beer all day, it can also be the best exercise to lose weight. Maybe you’ve heard by now that the magic secret to weight loss is to get your 10,000 steps in everyday which for many people seems like quite a stretch. However, do you know you can clear that number and then some by walking a round of golf? This means, if you are looking to lose weight, you don’t have to spend hours in the gym or on a boring treadmill! All you need to do is grab your Calloway Big Bertha driver you asked for on your last birthday and head to thegolf course instead.
- Say NO to the Golf Cart â€“ You probably already knew this would be at the top of the list! You cannot expect to lose weight if the only exercise you are getting is climbing in and out of the golf cart.
- Skip the Caddy â€“ It may be tempting to pay the extra money for a caddy to carry your bag around the course but why should they get all the great benefits? Golf Digest suggests that the average bag weighs between 15 and 20 pounds,. Do you know how many more calories you can burn with that extra baggage? Not to mention, strength training is a critical component to weight loss. When you build muscle, your metabolism speeds up and you burn more fat so save yourself the cash and carry your bag instead!
- Drink Plenty of Water â€“ There is no point exercising if you are going to drink beer or sugary sports drinks all day. Not to mention, beer dehydrates you and your muscles when you need to be hydrating your body for it to function properly. If your kidneys are deprived of water, your liver has to take time away from burning fat to help them with their designated functions.
- Feed Your Muscles â€“ Carry a protein bar in your bag or grab a protein shake in the clubhouse if they have them available. Feeding your body with protein is essential for muscle recovery plus it will keep you from binging on unhealthy choices because your starving when you hit the restaurant or bar when you’re done playing.
- Golf Often â€“ Any exercise plan recommends a minimum of three to five days of cardiovascular exercise per week. That does not mean that you have to do a whole round every time though, even going to the driving range or the putting green will get you moving, keep you motivated and burn calories.
There are many fun activities you can do to help you lose weight, golf being one of them! There are no rules that say that you have to go to the gym, you just need to stay active and make healthy lifestyle choices.
About the Author
Gordon Cherwoniak is married, living in Saskatoon, SK and stays active golfing, competing in triathlons and studying karate (Edmonton Commonwealth Karate-do). He is considered the go-to guy when it comes to shopping for golf gifts for men, being knowledgeable about the latest equipment and up to date on tournament schedules.