FOUR Reasons Golf is Great Exercise

When I say my favorite golf club is a 7-iron, it’s funny to watch how shocked people are when they learn that I’m actually a decent golfer. From a young age my dad had my younger sister and I out on the range teaching us every technique in the book to perfect our swings. For summers on end, we participated in a golf camp that had us out on the course at basically sunrise playing up to 9 holes with our peers.

Now, years later and a little rusty, I plan to get back in the swing of things (pun intended). Over the weekend I had the opportunity to hit a few balls and was pleasantly surprised at how well I was doing (although the first few swings were a little rough).

What shocked me the most, though, was how sore I was a whole five days later, just from being on the range for a little over an hour. I was sore in my arms, shoulders, lower back, oblique area, and even quads. I had no idea that golf was such a workout, and that only makes me want to do it more.

An article by Fit Day shares four reasons that golf is actually great exercise (it’s funny ’cause golf, four, you know?):

  1. It incorporates cardiovascular exercise: Think about how many miles you might walk if you played up to 18 holes of golf. Even if you use a cart and don’t walk the entire way, you are still getting similar cardiovascular exercise as you would if you were swimming, biking or even jogging.
  2. It’s great strength training: While golfing, you tend to use a lot of big muscles. This probably explains why I was so sore. You are also walking down long fairways, trekking around hilly roughs, and hiking up steep sand pits. The muscles in your lower body, including your quads and hamstrings, are definitely working. Not to mention you’re also handling a golf bag that, when full, can weigh up to 35 pounds.
  3. It helps improve your balance: Balance is so important in the game of golf. I remember when I first started I would practically fall over after swinging the club (either that or accidently let go). Usually, if you have great balance, it means that you have a strong core. Your core includes your abdominal muscles, lower back muscles and buttocks. As your golf swing improves, so will your balance, and thus so will your core. golf hole
  4. It makes you mentally strong: Golfing improves your mental focus. Just think about all of the things you have to remember while golfing: your stance, your swing, the number of strokes, different techniques for different courses, which club you have to use when, the list goes on and on. It’s easy to see how golf is a great way to exercise your mind.

So, do you golf? Leave a comment below to share your golf experiences. If you liked this post, you may also like:

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  1. I haven’t started playing full time yet but i am always on the golf course most weekends and i fully support what is written above. Golf is a great exercise…its not a HIIT workout but it surely does help you keep fit…particularly your balance and endurance. I can’t wait to start swinging full time even though i know most of the rules already! Great Game!

    1. Hi Irene! Yes I agree, it may not be sprints but the benefits do help you to stay fit. I also am looking to play more in the future. So glad you enjoyed the post!

  2. I love it because it’s not a strenuous work out. It’s being mobile and active enough to be effective but it’s not too hard on the body like crossfit would be.

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