Get Out and Play - Bowling

By: Alere Staff

Did you know that bowling is considered one of the most popular family activities around the world today?1  It is also a great way to stay healthy and fit. People of all ages can participate and benefit from this gentle but effective aerobic exercise. Bowling improves your health in the following ways:

  • Muscle Toning1: Bowling balls are heavy and they can help you tone and strengthen your muscles. The motions you go through to pick up a ball, carry it and throw it down the lane are actually weight training. You will strengthen the muscles in your arms and upper body.
  • Calorie Burning1: The continuous walking and swinging actually burns calories while you are having fun with your friends and family.
  • Socialization2: Just talking to others, getting out and about and sharing experiences can engage our brains. Research has shown that people who socialize regularly are much less likely to demonstrate cognitive decline when compared to those who are lonely or isolated.

It is very important to be comfortable when bowling. Make sure you have a properly fitting bowling shoe with good support. Wear loose fitting clothing. Choose the appropriate ball weight and remember the weight of the ball you used 20 years ago may not work for you now. You may want to use wrist supports to strengthen your grip. Also, don’t forget to do some stretching and bending exercises before you take that first walk down the lane to prevent an unwanted injury.1 And most importantly, have fun!

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References:

  1. 2015. Health Benefits of Bowling. Help With Bowling. Retrieved April 28, 2015 from website: http://helpwithbowling.com/bowling-health-benefits.php
  2. Laurenhue, K. Lifestyle Choices – Socialization. Alzheimer’s Prevention. Retrieved April 28, 2015 from website: http://alzprevention.org/lifestyle-choices-about-socialization.php.