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Get Fit for Life with Golf

Your go-to summer hobby, made healthier.

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Golf is considered a “lifelong sport” for a reason. The game is difficult, competitive and mentally challenging, but in terms of physical exertion? Most would deem it to be more leisure than a strenuous workout. Don’t be fooled by the golf carts, caddies and post-18 hole beers, though. Golfers exercise key muscle groups and torch more calories (over 700 for those who trek the greens, research has shown) than they get credit for. 

“You’re walking three to four miles outside in the fresh air,” explains Angela Aulenti, Director of Golf at the Sterling Farms Golf Club in Stamford, which was awarded with the 2014 Best of the Gold Coast’s best public golf course vote. “And clearly most courses in the Northeast are not flat so the uphill, downhill [aspect] really gets you moving!” Add in a heavy bag full of clubs (or push cart) and you have got yourself some strength training.

Golfers also engage big muscle groups, like the core, thighs and shoulders, to help the body build momentum and generate power in their swing. Gym translation: Get crunching, lunging and squatting! “There is a lot of body rotation in golf,” adds Aulenti, who suggests taking Pilates and yoga classes to strengthen and increase flexibility, which can ultimately improve your game performance.

But like anything, practice makes perfect—and (spoiler alert!) no one transforms into the next Tiger Woods over night. “It’s the kind of game that what you put into it, you get out if it,” says Aulenti. “Start with good instruction, make sure you practice with proper equipment and go to the driving range before heading to the course too soon.”

According to Aulenti, Sterling Farms has seen an influx in new golfers this year, which can be attributed to the array of personalized instruction available. With numerous private lessons, clinic packages and junior programs available, it’s no wonder newbies feel so comfortable hitting their gorgeous course!

Sterling Farms

1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford; 203-329-2067

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