We’ve written many times on the importance of spending time with friends and family and trying something new—like a sport or hobby. Here at JB’s on 41, we think bowling is the perfect way to bring friends together as a group. But there is another advantage that you and everyone else in your circle can enjoy. If you were to pick up bowling: you may become healthier! Just like in other sports, being active leads to a lot of health benefits, which we’ve summarized below. So, if you’ve been thinking about starting bowling but have been hesitant up until this point, read on and think of just how much your body will be thanking you!
While you might be restricted to one lane during a game of bowling, the fact that you’re always moving helps to rev up your metabolism. What happens when you speed up your metabolism? You slim down because your body is burning excess fat! That means, when you’re walking back and forth between the lane and the scoring table, you’re exercising! And the health benefits don’t stop there! When your body lifts and swings the bowling ball down the lane, you’re exercising! In fact, bowling can burn anywhere from 170 to 300 calories per game. According to MayoClinic.com, an adult who weighs 200 pounds can burn up to 273 calories per hour while bowling, while a person who weighs 240 pounds can burn up to 327 calories.
Have you ever bowled a game and woke up the next day with a sore arm? That’s because bowling helps promote muscle exercise of both the upper and lower body. Since you are doing a lot of walking with the extra weight of a bowling ball in your hands, you’re leg muscles get a work out. And when you are swinging your arm to throw the bowling ball, the stretching and flexing that occurs works the muscles in your arm.
Hand-eye coordination describes the body’s ability to track the movements of the hands with the eyes. Sometimes it is hard to remember that this is so vital to our everyday life. But poor hand-eye coordination can greatly compromise your ability to exercise and can also impact tasks such as writing. So working your body to improve its hand-eye coordination is something that can greatly benefit you! In the game of bowling, throwing the ball to hit certain pins requires a great amount of hand-eye coordination. This kind of focus stimulates mental alertness, concentration, and tactical strategy.
The health benefits of bowling go beyond physical wellness. We’ve already told you that bowling is the perfect way to get together with friends and family. But did you know there are health benefits by spending time with the ones you love? Socializing with people during a game—whether a family member or a friendly competitor—acts as a mental stress reliever. In addition, research shows that engaging in a physical activity like bowling also helps people to relieve stress levels.
There you have it! Bowling isn’t just a new thing to try out, it is a sport that can actually make you a healthier, happier person. Whether you’re looking for something to relieve your stress or you’d really like to get up and move to lose some weight, bowling is a sport that can help you get there! Best of all, it is a sport for all ages—all the way from preschoolers to senior citizens. Check out these health benefits yourself by creating a league or stopping in for open play! So come on down to JB’s on 41, and we can help make you a healthier person.