Golf is my wellness program

This probably isn’t a surprise considering I work for a health care company, but I have financial incentives to complete a wellness program. If I take a health assessment and complete the wellness program, I get a lower deductible and some other stuff.

We have a number of options in terms of which wellness program to select. You can do some online weight loss stuff. You can run a couple of 5Ks or do a biking event. You can go to the gym at least 12 times a month for three consecutive months.

For the second year, I opted for the 10,000 steps program. I wear a pedometer with the goal of taking at least 10,000 steps in a day. That is about five miles. I have to go online and enter my steps (or the step equivalent of certain activities). I have to enter at least one number a week for eight weeks.

Like a lot of people, I want to get those 10,000 steps in each day. I park a little further from the office. I take the steps more frequently at the office (though I’m usually more willing to go down than up). But what I really like to do is play more golf.

We all know people who will tell you that golf isn’t really an athletic endeavor. Maybe that’s the case if youre playing cart ball, smoking cigars and pounding a 12 pack of beer while you play. But as a hardcore walker (I have walked 90 percent of the holes I have played this year), I disagree.

How good is golf for getting your 10,000 steps? It makes wellness a breeze.

Here is my pedometer on the second tee box on Sunday (I forgot to take a picture on the first tee):


Here’s the pedometer as I walked off the No. 11 green:

And here is the pedometer in the locker room after my round:


That’s 40 percent more steps than one needs. How good is that? So if you need to add a little more activity to your life, my advice would be to play more golf. And if your spouse doesn’t buy that, I say bring a pedometer for proof.


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