Good news, golfers: A day on the course is actually really good for you

Having trouble getting all your steps in? You might want to pick up golf
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You don't have to do anything super strenuous to get in your 150 minutes of recommended exercise a week. In fact, one round of golf should do the trick.

A British cancer support organization released a study Monday, looking into the health benefits of golf.

Although there's no running or heavy lifting involved, the sport is actually a great workout, Macmillan's study found.

Players typically walk four to eight miles in a round of 18 holes. If you're counting steps on a fitness tracker, that's more like 11,245 and 16,667 steps (as long as you aren't riding around in a cart the entire time).

And hauling around a bag full of clubs helps, too. According to Mayo Clinic, a 200-pound person burns about 391 calories per hour while golfing. An average game takes about four hours, so that's a total of 1,564 calories.

Altogether, a round amounts to about 240 minutes of moderate exercise – 90 minutes more than what's recommended weekly.

Not bad. Although, that doesn't give you a free pass to bum around the rest of the week. Health officials generally recommend you spread exercise out over the course of a week .

Golf in Minnesota

Minnesota's pretty big on golfing. In 2005, we were ranked number one in the U.S. for golfer participation. At the time, we had a 27 percent household participation rate.

And according to Explore Minnesota, we're the the only state to have hosted all 13 USGA national championships, Walker Cup, Curtis Cup, and men's and women's State Team championships.

But golf isn't as hot of a sport as it once was.

As the Pioneer Press reported last year, 25 Minnesota courses have closed over the course of 11 years.

And the number of golfers is down. The National Golf Foundation said there were 24 million U.S. golfers in 1990. By 2005, there were 30 million. But the numbers steadily dropped again. In 2014, it was back to 24 million.

A few years ago, the Washington Post published an article called "Why America fell out of love with golf."

The article says the drop in popularity has to do with the fact that golf is expensive, time-consuming, and outright difficult.

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