By Daniel Rodriguez
For those of you who know me, you know I love to play disc golf! It is a fast growing sport that I started playing consistently in 2014. Since our theme this month is health and wealth, I would be remiss not to mention disc golf…
Why do I feel disc golf is good for your health? Disc golf is a fun way to be physically active! You may have heard that you should take 10,000 steps (around 5 miles) per day to be healthy. When I play a round of disc golf I typically walk some 6,500 steps, so that gets me more than half way there! Since I started playing disc golf consistently, the average number steps I take has increased from 4,000 to 6,000 steps per day. Disc golf also provides training in five fitness categories: muscle strength, flexibility, aerobic fitness, endurance, and mental challenge. Another added health benefit is an emotional one…more time with family and friends. Playing disc golf gives me extra time with my brother and some of my close friends who also enjoy the game. Many of them didn’t know about disc golf until I introduced them to it!
Why do I feel disc golf is good for your wealth? Disc golf is very inexpensive! First off, at most courses there are no green fees. At the ones that do charge, the green fee is typically under $5. Second, when you are first getting started, you can get by with one disc, which will set you back a whopping $10 – $20. Compare that to “ball” golf where a set of starter clubs can cost you over $200. And then you need to purchase golf balls as well! Playing disc golf has also been a great networking opportunity. There are times when I get to talk business in a casual setting (like “ball” golf!). And I have also been able to make connections for myself and others while playing a round.
Last year I sold my golf clubs and golf balls on Craigslist because I don’t plan to go back to “ball” golf. I prefer to play disc golf over “ball” golf…it is easier to learn, I can play 18 holes in under 2 hours, and I can play on a whim because I don’t have to book a tee time.
I hope you have learned a little bit about disc golf, and why I believe disc golf is good for your health and your wealth. If you have any questions or comments, please ask or share in the comments section below.
- Published in Health and Wealth
By Daniel Rodriguez | Dr. Budgets
Finding ways to save money gets me excited… finding ways to save money that are also good for your health gets me really excited! In this post I’ll share with you 5 tips that are good for your health and your wealth.
1) Drink Water. In an earlier post (Drink Water for Your Health and Your Wealth) I shared how drinking water when you eat out can save you $500 – $2,000 per year. The savings are even more dramatic if you reduce the number of alcoholic beverages you purchase when you eat out! Furthermore, cutting out soda completely will save you money on your grocery bill. In terms of your health, water is the purest form of hydration, which is a better alternative than those unhealthy sugary drinks.
2) Dine In. Dining in instead of eating out is another great way to save money. More importantly, when you cook your own meals at home, you choose which ingredients go into your meal and how to prepare your food. My wife and I eat healthy meals at home so often, that when we do eat out, we frequently feel thirsty. Why? Because many restaurants prepare the food with lots of salt, and our bodies are not used to that anymore.
3) Pack Your Lunch. In a previous post (Pack Your Lunch to Save Money, Time and Calories!) I shared how packing your lunch is good for your health and your wealth. You can save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars by packing your lunch instead of going out to eat for lunch. This is also healthier because you have more control over your portions and the ingredients that are going into your lunch. And, if you are preparing a lunch for your significant other, this can also be a sweet gesture (Can Packed Lunches be ROMANTIC?). Bonus points for including a love note 🙂
4) Walk. Walking is proven to be good for your heart (Walk, Don’t Run, Your Way to a Healthy Heart). And best of all, it is FREE! If you walk and do other outdoor exercise, you may not need your gym membership. Also, if you walk outside in the sun for approximately 20-25 minutes, you are spurring your body to create Vitamin D (12 Ways to Get Your Daily Vitamin D). If walking isn’t for you, then I recommend you spend your money on exercise you enjoy. For example, my wife had a gym membership that she didn’t use very frequently because she wasn’t excited about her workouts. She now spends a little more money on Pilates and looks forward to her workouts!
5) Play Disc Golf. Ok, this one isn’t really for everyone, but I had to include it. If you’ve played golf, you know how expensive it can be to purchase golf clubs, golf shoes, golf balls, etc. And that doesn’t even include green fees and the cost of practicing at the driving range! I have found an alternative that I enjoy even more: disc golf! Compared to “ball” golf, it is much less expensive (you can buy a “disc” for $10 – $20 and green fees are either free or a few bucks). If you typically use a golf cart to play golf, then you will probably walk more playing disc golf (I usually get about 8,000 steps per round), which is good for your health. I’ll write more about this in a future blog post.
So those are my 5 tips that are good for your health and your wealth. I would love to hear from you some other ways that I didn’t mention here in the comments section below!
- Published in Health and Wealth