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Walk For The Health Of It

I don`t know how often I`ve heard the grouse that golf isn`t a sport “ you don`t get any real exercise golfing! Well a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh medical Center proves the nay-sayers wrong. Of course, to maximize the health benefits, you`re going to have to get out of the cart and walk.

It is common knowledge that to gain maximum health benefits from a workout you should maintain a heart rate 60% of your maximum throughout. The study, headed by Dr. Scott Lephart, found that golfers that walked 18 holes tend to reach that maximum and maintain it for 3 hours throughout their rounds! Golfers who carry their bags get an even greater cardio-vascular workout. Of course, if you decide to ride in a cart around the golfer you can`t claim the walk from the cart to the ball as beneficial (no matter how many times you have to walk back for a different club.

I can personally attest to the cardio-vascular benefits of carrying clubs. On the few extended golf trips I`ve made over the years, it has been a policy to carry and walk for every round. During these trips I would generally play 36 holes a day. I`ll admit that exhaustion does set in by the end of the day and I can`t count too many birdies from the 33rd hole on, but I definitely feel and SEE a significance difference by the end of the week.

You walk between 5 “ 7 miles during a round of golf. If you can do that at least three times a week and maintain a reasonable diet (meaning cut down on the bad stuff “ by half) imagine the great shape you`d be in. Is there a better argument to get out and play?

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • Well, I walked on Saturday and broke 80 for the first time on my trip, including a birdie on the 36th hole. Maybe you’ve got something here Mr. Waxman.

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