Play Golf This Holiday Season To Burn The Extra Calories
Holiday weight gain is a real thing. The extra pounds you put on between Halloween and Christmas can take more than five months to lose. Weight gain begins to rise throughout October and November and peaks 10 days after Christmas. All the Halloween candy, Thanksgiving leftovers and Christmas cookies seem impossible to pass up. Don’t worry there are ways to burn off these extra calories and have fun while doing it.
Instead of a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, have a resolution not to gain too much weight in the first place. Then you won’t have to worry about the five months of struggling. That doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate special occasions or indulge in your favorite treats. Just find fun ways to burn the extra calories you are consuming.
Playing A Round Of Golf
Golf is both an enjoyable game, and a way to get in some healthy exercise. While golf may not be the most strenuous sport, like all activities, it does burn calories. Of course, the number of calories burned while playing will depend on whether a player is walking or riding a cart during the round. A round of golf is equal to an average 30-minute gym session. An 18-hole round over a full length golf course will involve roughly a five-mile walk with quite a bit of arm exercises along the way.
If you walk the course, rather than ride in a golf car, a round of golf will burn probably somewhere around 1,500 calories. This number can vary slightly depending on the course you play. Some courses are hillier and you will burn more calories than compact flatter ones. Some chose to carry their clubs while others will pull them on a cart. This does not make much of a difference to the golf calorie count. Carrying your bags burns a few more calories but it is literally only a few.
Riding The Golf Car Instead
Sometimes it may be difficult, if not impossible to walk a golf course. Often times you are encouraged to use the golf car to shorten the amount of time it takes to complete the round. Surprisingly, there is evidence that a significant number of calories may still be used up, even when using a cart. An estimated 460 calories burned when playing only nine holes while riding a golf car.
Don’t Be Afraid To Indulge This Holiday Season
Whether it’s played by walking the course, taking the golf car or practicing at the range, golf is a relaxing way to burn off extra calories you may consume this holiday season. Even if it’s just a nine-hole outing. Thankfully, golf is a very high-calorie burning exercise. Don’t be afraid to indulge this holiday season but remember to book that tee time.