Walking while golfing: Is this sufficient exercise?

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Published: September, 2016

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Q. I walk 18 holes of golf twice a week for my exercise routine. Is this enough or should I do more?

A. Walking the golf course certainly counts as exercise. Even riding in a golf cart is better than doing nothing. But to meet the recommended level for good health, you probably need to increase your activity. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week to help reduce the risk for heart attack and stroke. This is equal to 30 minutes five days a week. One way to achieve this is with brisk walking (4 mph) for 10 miles per week, which burns a total of approximately 1,000 calories.

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