The Best Sports Workout
A 150-pound person can burn up to 300 calories during a game of golf, provided that they carry their own clubs. In fact, one of the many great things about golf is that it combines the fitness benefits of sport with the fitness benefits of walking. According to the Northern Ohio Golf Association, when a golfer walks across a course, it is equivalent to walking for three to four miles.
Additionally, some studies indicate that playing a round of golf has similar fitness benefits to a full 45-minute fitness class. Another study, performed by cardiologist Dr. Edward A. Palank's, indicated that walking golfers reduced their levels of bad cholesterol while keeping their good cholesterol in check.
Like tennis, the rotary movements of golf provide an excellent toning system for the waistline, while sidestepping the boredom associated with endless crunches. It can also help tone muscles in the arms, back and shoulders.