One of the ways I first started exercising wasn’t my bike, it was disc golf. Disc golf can be as much or as little work as you want. I personally carry a stuffed backpack, though some players use various wheeled carriers to carry all their discs. But the best part is the walking and fellowship.
Disc Golf – It’s A Walk In The Park
Depending on who you play with, it can be slow and leisurely or very fast and hyper competitive. I prefer a middle ground myself and enjoy walking 18 or even 36 holes on the weekend. It’s quite literally a walk in the park. A frustrating as hell walk in the park, but it’s still a walk in the park.
Another glory is how cheap it is. Starting out, I played with a $15 started disc set purchased from a big box store for at least a good 6 months. Then, I picked up one disc to do a certain type of shot (discs are as unique in their flight pattern as clubs in a ball golf bag are) and went crazy from there.
Now with 20+ discs in my bag, all with the flight patterns written in Sharpie on back, my quest for more plastic continues. You’ll hear the expression “throwing plastic” often enough since most discs are plastic. Personally, I prefer throwing rubber since I play with Vibram rubber discs.
I prefer Vibram since they are resilient as heck, and won’t break when you throw them full force into a tree. Now, some may tell you that your goal is not to hit trees and bushes but my game says different.
As for fellowship, I’ve met a lot of really really nice people playing disc golf. I regularly played with an evangelical minister, 2 Mormon business owners, a couple of IT guys that were atheists, and a real mook of a guy that I loved.
If you ever want to get a game in, sure, you can totally play by yourself. However, I’ve never failed to walk onto a course alone and not have at least one group invite me in to play with them.
Cheap: have I mentioned how budget conscious of a sport it is? Unlike ball golf, nearly every disc golf course is free. Free is always in the budget. I’ve never heard someone look down on someone else for not having “proper” discs or equipment. Quite the contrary, I’ve been given discs by people that think I could really benefit from them. I also carry 2 starter sets in my trunk so if someone is interested in playing, they’ll have a set. I’ve given away quite a few sets and turned a good number of people onto the sport.
All in all, one of the things I focus on getting healthy is moving. I worked jobs sitting in chairs for 12 hours a day for way to long. I now use a standing desk and have added the bike to the mix.
The secret is, find what you like to do, and can do, then get moving doing it.
What have y’all found that is your “just do it”?