How many calories are burned walking instead of riding
By Ron Kaspriske
From time to time the question comes to us at Golf Digest about how much more beneficial is it to walk when playing golf versus riding in a golf cart. The answer: How about more than TWICE as beneficial. At least that’s true in terms of calories burned during the round. A study done by Reebok showed that golfers who walk and carry burn approximately 55 percent more calories than those who ride in a cart.
The amount of calories varies by distance walked and also the metabolic rate of the golfer. But fitness experts estimate you’ll burn roughly 1,500 calories during a four-hour round. That’s 825 calories more--or roughly a Burger King Whopper and some onion rings--than if you ride in a cart.
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Interestingly, in most studies, it was only slightly more beneficial to carry your clubs vs. walking with a pushcart. So if you’re worried about your back, you don’t have to sling your clubs to get a good workout.
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