Home Wellness Should You Walk the Course to Lose Weight?

In-depth studies show it may not be worth it.


If you’re being more health-conscious this golf season and thinking that walking instead of taking that cart will help you lose a few extra pounds, you might want to reconsider.

While it is known that walking is better for your overall health than driving, walking the golf course instead of taking that golf cart  won’t have as big of an impact on your weight loss as you might think. Instead, it might just leave you frustrated and tired throughout your playing time.

An in-depth analysis of studies regarding walking and weight loss proved that dramatically increasing the amount you walk every day will affect how much weight you lose, but it won’t drastically increase your weight loss. The analysis used nine studies that included several hundred participants. Those who participated increased the amount they walked by about two miles a day for 16 weeks. The studies showed that at the end of the 16-week period, the participants lost roughly three pounds only.

In another study that was published in the Annals of Family Medicine, it was indicated that someone walking two rounds of golf a day without carrying their bag would lose roughly less than one pound. You might think that adding the weight of the bag would increase the amount of weight you lose, because it has to be around an extra 30 pounds that you are carrying, and it would.

However, adding the extra bag weight wouldn’t be significant enough to make you want to walk the course every time you teed off.

It’s safe to say that taking the golf cart will be okay. To burn off that extra weight, you can always run a couple of miles later!

Source: Golf Digest


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