The prevalence of golf carts means that golfers are no longer as active as they were back in the day. However, unless you have physical limitations, there is nothing that should prevent you from walking when playing golf. Below are just a few of the benefits of walking instead of riding in a cart.
1. You Burn More Calories
When walking and playing an 18-hole round, you can accumulate up to 10,000 steps and burn an impressive 2,000 calories.
2. Good for Your Heart
Your heart rate can increase to an average of between 111 and 119 beats every minute when walking on the golf course and top at around 150 BPM. This will help to keep your heart in good shape and keep cardiovascular diseases in check.
3. Reduces Stress
Walking improves everything from blood flow to heart rate, and a recent study indicates that active golfers live longer. “People play golf into old age, there are positive social and psychological aspects to the game that can be directly linked to better health and longevity.”
4. Boost your Energy and Improve Your Sleep
Golf Like most other physical activity will cause the release of adrenaline and also improve your blood flow and metabolism. This in turn leaves you feeling energized, helps you keep stress and anxiety in check, and improves sleep patterns.
5. Enhances Your Immune System
The few hours of walk and stop when playing golf will not only decrease stress and lower blood pressure as described above, but research also indicates that it increases your white blood cell count which is vital in fighting off infection and boosting your immune system.