At first glance, you may be thinking there is no way someone can lose weight while playing golf. As we look at professional golfers, you may notice that most of them are in pretty good shape. Brooks Koepka, Tiger Woods, and others look to be in great shape.
Can someone wanting to lose weight play golf?
How To Lose Weight
First, let's discuss how weight loss happens. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Your weight is a balancing act, and calories are part of that equation. Weight loss comes down to burning more calories than you take in."
Yes, you burn calories playing golf. There are ways that you can burn more calories playing golf. We will discuss ways to increase the amount of calories you burn playing golf. The key is to find something you enjoy, like golf. This will be a sustainable way to help you burn calories and stay active doing something you enjoy.
Dynamic Stretch Warm-Up
Most of the time people just show up and start playing golf. Getting your body prepared before a workout is critical for many reasons. A good quality dynamic stretch can provide many benefits such as:
- Helps warm-up your body
- Prepares your body for specific movements (Like a golf swing)
- Moving your body burns calories
Walk and Carry Clubs 18 Holes
Riding in a golf cart makes golfing 18 long holes so much easier. Why is it easier? Well, because you don't need as much energy/calories to do it. If you want to maximize the amount of calories you burn golfing, the best option would be to walk and carry your own clubs during the round. A bag of golf clubs are not light. Golfing Journey states the average bag can be around 30 lbs.
Ever heard of SpeedGolf? It is normal golf, but you run to your ball after you hit it. Walking is great cardio, and you will burn calories that way. Running requires more energy therefore more calories burnt.
Watch What You Eat and Drink While Playing
Diet plays a crucial role in losing weight. Harvard Health states, "The best diet for losing weight is one that is good for all parts of your body, from your brain to your toes, and not just for your waistline." As you are playing golf, what are you eating and drinking? Drinking water to stay hydrated is very important. Especially out golfing in the sun. Golf Link mentions the average time to golf 18 holes is around 3 to 4 1/2 hours. Eating habits on the golf course can vary for each person. Sometimes people will take snacks or they will stop half way through at the club house for a quick bite before the 2nd half of holes. Be mindful of the foods you are consuming. How many calories does the food have? Is this food high in protein? Check food labels carefully.
The equation for losing weight is easier said than done. Maybe playing golf is your way of losing weight. There is no one size fit all way of losing weight. Golf might work for someone, and others might hate it. I encourage you to find what works best for you. Something that is sustainable for your life.
Let us know in the comment sections below how you feel this article. Have you lost weight playing golf? We would love to hear from you.