...golf is not frequently seen as an activity that can really help us to ‘fight the flab’ or ‘battle the bulge’. If I Google ‘how many calories are burned in a round of golf’ it tends to seek pages that seem inconsistent to my own assumption.
And then, I asked SIRI, and this was what it came up:
A body weight of 11.4 st (160lbs) will burn 171 calories playing golf for 30 minutes1
Still not quite happy with the result I remembered, earlier in the year I attended the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) coaching conference. And these are the results that were showed for calories burned playing golf2:
- Walking 18 holes burns 2000 calories, and
- Riding (in a buggy /cart) for 18 holes burns 1300 calories
The other ways to burn 1300 calories. Look how long it takes to burn calories for these activities:
- Strength training for 2 hours and 45 minutes
- Aerobic activity for 2 hours and 10 minutes
- Jogging on a treadmill for 2 hours and 10 minutes
I think that we also tend to think that playing golf is all about the calories burned during walking but it’s not true. I have to remind myself that swinging a golf club also helps to fight the calories too. And, it’s great for your waist.
Here are some other facts about playing 18 holes of golf:
- It can help you to achieve the recommended 10,000 steps taken per day (5 miles), regardless of handicap, gender or course played
- Walking is biomechanically more efficient than running and is roughly equivalent to a 3.5 to 4-mile run
- Blood glucose levels fall by up to 20% for the young, 10% for the middle-aged, and 30% for elderly players
- Repeated golf practice enhances balance control and confidence across all age ranges
The coolest thing about playing golf…is that you don’t even realise that you’re burning calories, improving your health and walking the recommended number of steps all in one.
Just so that you know, based on a four hour round of golf, I burn 1585 calories - that's just under 400 calories per hour.
Try the app out for yourself
The British Heart Foundation's (BHF) app will help you calculate how many calories you will burn playing golf - and other activities. You'll find golf listed within the individual sports category. http://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/preventing-heart-disease/calorie-calculator.aspx
If you’ve used the app and would like to donate to the BHF Text FIGHT to 70707 to donate £3 to fund their life-saving research. View their T&C’s http://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/donate/text-to-donate.aspx
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Sources of information:
2. World Golf Foundation and Golf 20/20