Bowling is one of the few activities a whole family can do where every family member is able to participate.
Although bowling isn’t a full-contact physical sport, it still works muscle groups throughout your entire body. It’s a healthy
exercise for people of all ages. It’s important for seniors to maintain control of their motor skills, and it also helps children
work on their hand-eye coordination. We know that exercise can have very positive effects on your health, from lowering your risk chances of heart related incidents to increasing bone density, so why not get some exercise through bowling? Not to mention the fact that if you’re competitive, any adrenaline rush you may get increases your heart rate, which can also lead to better heart health. Oh yeah, and… it’s really fun!
You might not think of bowling as being good exercise, but you actually use quite a few muscle groups as you go through the
motions. When you break it down, you bend your knees during your approach, you keep your core tight, you use your legs to walk up to the lane, and you use your arm to throw the ball. There isn’t too much of your body that you’re not using when you’re bowling! It’s not an extreme cardio workout, or a heavy weight lifting routine, but it’s a well rounded combination of exercise that definitely helps burn calories.
At a later age, getting the proper amount of exercise can definitely become a challenge. Staying active is important because it’s
easy to lose it if you don’t use it. One of the good things about bowling is the bowler’s ability to choose and customize the ball
they use. It’s important not to use too heavy of a ball, especially at a later age, because you don’t want to put excess strain
on your body. Being able to have the right weight and fit makes it a lot easier to enjoy some light exercise. Most other sports
aren’t as adaptable, they don’t allow you to custom fit the game to yourself.
There aren’t too many sports that children, especially young children, can fully participate in. Light bowling balls and the
availability of ramps make bowling a plausible activity for any age child. Although they might not be firing a 15 pound ball down the lane like an adult, they can still roll the ball (whether using a ramp or not) and experience what bowling is all about. It
also teaches kids about aim, and how to adjust where they’re aiming so that their next shot is more successful. These are all
healthy skills to learn, and the younger someone learns them they better off they are.
From the social aspect of bowling with a group of people to the concentration necessary to successfully knock pins down, bowling helps keep your mind active in many ways. It takes a lot of hand-eye coordination to bowl well. You can’t just run up to the lane and randomly throw the ball if you expect to see any kind of consistency in your bowling. A great amount of focus is required to be able to duplicate a good shot over and over again. You have to be alert and in the zone to know how to adjust and compensate for whatever bowling conditions you may be subject to.
No matter your age, bowling is good for your mind and body. Children can learn important developmental skills, and elders can
benefit from the exercise and mental stimulation. In a time where its increasingly challenging to stay active, bowling is a great
way to burn some calories and keep your mind sharp!