Golf lovers do this better

It’s no secret that playing sports is good for your health. It keeps you active and in shape.

But what about watching sports?

You wouldn’t think being a spectator at a sporting event would have a positive impact on your health. But it does — at least when it comes to one sport in particular, whose fans could put just about anyone’s Fitbit score to shame…

I’m talking about golf.

And, just so you know, I’m not talking about being a spectator at home on your couch as you listen to the golf commentators calming whisper through your TV speakers.

I’m talking about getting out there and watching a golf game first-hand. Because, the thing is, when you go watch a live golf game, you do a lot of one particular activity that’s fantastic for your health… walking.

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Get your exercise at a golf game

In a recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers found that attendees of the Paul Lawrie Match Play event at Archerfield Link (a European golf tournament) averaged around 11,500 steps per day.

Most experts agree you should shoot for at least 10,000 steps per day if you want to stay healthy and in shape. Unfortunately, most Americans only get somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000. These golf enthusiasts, however, exceeded their recommended daily activity level just by watching their favorite sport.

So there you have it. Golfers may very well be the healthiest sports fans of all because they spend so much time trekking across the golf course.

“Walking is one of the best things you can do for your health, adding years to life, and increasing health and happiness. These pilot findings show that golf spectators can gain physical activity which could benefit their health- while watching top quality sport at close quarters,” says Dr. Andrew Murray, a researcher in the study.

Now, besides the benefit of accruing a good deal more steps on your fitness tracker, watching golf also gives you an opportunity to be outside in the fresh air, spend time socializing with friends and family and to feel a rush of endorphins at seeing your favorite golfers in the flesh.

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Learning to love golf

This is good news for golf fans, but not necessarily for other sports fans. Most other sporting events involve a lot of sitting and not nearly as much walking as golf spectators manage to squeeze in. But hey, if you do enough cheering, dancing and celebrating at your next baseball, basketball, football or hockey game, who’s to say it won’t give you a bit of a health boost too?

Of course, you can always become a golf fan, if you’re not one already. And don’t worry. If you don’t have the money to shell out for the more high-profile golfing tournaments, check out local amateur golf tournaments. They’re a good way to get into golf and get some more steps in while you’re at it.

Or, if you’re up for it, playing golf is an even better way to get your steps in and build your butt, core, chest, back and forearm muscles to boot! Here are 7 ways to improve you golf swing.

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  1. Better health is par for the course for golf fans, study shows — MedicalXpress. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  2. How Many Steps per Day Are Enough? What should you set as your pedometer goal? — VeryWell. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  3. What Are The Key Muscles In The Golf Swing? — Improve My Game. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine,, and