One round of golf worth a week’s exercise, says report
One round of golf could be as good for you as a week’s worth of exercise. That’s the view of the United Kingdom’s leading source of cancer care, Macmillan Cancer Support.
According to a report in The Golf Business, the charity said the health benefits of golf are being overlooked.
It said that during a typical single round of golf, players walk for four to eight miles – and take between 11,245 and 16,667 steps.
Citing research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, it added that this would burn around 1564 calories if you are carrying your own golf clubs.
With an average round of golf taking four hours (240 minutes) of moderate intensive activity, this goes beyond the Department of Health’s recommendation that adults take at least 150 minutes of moderate intense activity.
And being a relatively low intensity exercise, it means that enthusiasts can keep golfing into old age, when more vigorous sports may be difficult.
Research undertaken into 300,000 Swedish golfers has found that the death rate for golfers is 40 percent lower than for other people of the same sex, age and socio-economic status.
This amounts to a five-year increase in life expectancy, with the golfers with the lowest handicaps, in other words the most skilled golfers, benefiting most.
Elizabeth Connare, marketing programme manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, was quoted by The Golf Business as saying: “Some people might be surprised to hear that a game of golf sees players walking well over their 10,000 daily steps and burning over 1,500 calories.
Macmillan had released the information ahead of a fund-raising event called the Longest Day Challenge. On the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, June 21, the charity was encouraging golfers to play four rounds of golf over 16 hours of daylight.
Challengers played from sunrise (4.45 am) through to sunset (9.21 pm), using every minute of the 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight available to them.
Clubbing together a team of four, contestants played 72 holes, took some 300 shots and covered around 20 miles.