World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship - Round OneGolf’s reputation for being a sport lacking in physical fitness is not necessarily true. In fact, golf can be a great workout, if you let it be. When you ditch the cart, beer and typical course vices – like smoking or dipping – golf can be beneficial to your health.

If someone with an average body type walks an average golf course length, carrying clubs on their back, he or she could burn up to 1400 calories. Indeed, the cardiovascular and strength training opportunities are there.

How is it so much? Because during a round of golf on foot, golfers walk about 5-7 miles. When you factor in the hills and rough terrain, and add in strokes and swings, you have yourself a pretty good workout!

And just like any other sport, you want to give your body the fuel it needs to perform its best. Keep your energy up with healthy snacks before, during and after your round and remember to stay hydrated, especially during the hot, summer months. Water and sports drinks are the best options for preventing dehydration.

So, next time you hit the course, take advantage of all the fun the links have to offer, but remember to reap the health benefits, too.

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