chat Improve Your Fitness By Playing Golf
You may not think of golf as a great, simple way to get healthier. It’s a silly game at times - hitting a little, white ball around a field to get it into a hole in the least amount of shots.
But as you are chasing that little ball around, you are also getting some much needed ex-ercise! Any sport that gets you off your backside and outdoors is well worth playing and golf has so many additional health benefits.
The opportunity to improve your fitness is a great reason to play more golf. It can:
• Build muscle tone,
• Improve endurance, and
• Burn calories.
Inside Golf magazine initiated a study of over 1,000 Australian golfers that found walking 18 holes equates to a total distance of just under 10km.
Playing 18 holes burns around 1,000 calories in four to five hours, plus additional calories used to swing the club and push a buggy. The study found middle and high handicappers walked the furthest, followed by low handicappers, but not my much.
Walking nine holes while carrying a bag or pushing a cart burns about 720 calories on average, according to a report from Rose Medical Centre in Denver (USA). The same study found golfers who walk for nine holes without carrying their bags burn an average of 613 calories. Players who ride in carts burn an average of 411 calories playing just nine holes. Golf also poses a lower risk of injury compared with contact sports. Warming up and prac-ticing your golf swing before the game may reduce any risk of injury.
Story by- Mike Orloff is a US and Australian PGA Member with more than 25 years of industry-wide experience, including 18 years working for two of the biggest international golf manage-ment companies in Australia and the USA – American Golf Corporation and Clubcorp. Now based on the Gold Coast, Australia, Mike consults on how to grow the game of golf to the industry directly as well as via workshops and conferences in New Zealand, Aus-tralia and South East Asia.
Golf Industry Central was created by Mike in 2008 as a major golf industry portal for the Australasian region – offering news, jobs and operational advice all in one place. www.golfindustrycentral.com.au
iGolf Queensland membership offers the casual golfer a great sample of courses, a variety of events, and a handicap recognised worldwide.
• A personalised iGolf Queensland membership card
• An opportunity to gain an official Golf Australia handicap viewable via Golf Link
• Access to a wide range of courses with discounted green fees
• Opportunities to play in exclusive member events and open days
• A personal liability insurance cover at golf venues and events
• A copy of the “Tee It Up” publication
• A copy of the “Rules of Golf” book
• A copy of the “Quick guide to the rules of golf” book
• One dozen Srixon QSTAR golf balls