I’m not proud of it, but I’ve started and stopped countless exercise regimens.
Jim is not my jam. I don’t look forward to going and am always anxious to finish whatever workout I did literally the moment I started.
But walking — walking is… delicious.
This spring, I challenged my delightfully sedentary self to do 30 minutes of exercise for 40 days. I chose walking 85% of the time, but occasionally included a Peloton session (another activity I disliked).
To my surprise, I found my daily walks so enjoyable that I decided to make them a regular routine.
Another related personal revelation this past year was when I discovered that I like walking the course in a wheelbarrow. As a former cart-only golfer, I was shocked at how easy and pleasant it felt to walk the fairways.
In short, walking is great, and walking while playing golf is twice as great. According to the Mayo Clinic, walking has many benefits. It can prevent or manage conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure, strengthen bones, muscles and the immune system, and relieve stress and tension.
For fitness, walking 18 holes of golf burns a surprising number of calories. According to a study cited by new york times In 2010, walking while carrying or using a wheelbarrow burned a whopping 1,400 calories in 18 holes. This equates to about 2 hours of swimming or pedaling an exercise bike.
How many calories you burn depends on several factors, including your weight and the course you’re playing. Some courses boast 5-mile loops, while others limit you to 7-8 miles from the tip. Flat and incline walking also has a big impact, so you can take in even more calories on hilly courses.
A general rule of thumb: walking a mile burns about 100 calories for most people. Conclusion? There is no downside to walking when it comes to overall health. Try not to drink too many beers and hot dogs on the turn.