Out of all sports, bowling has the richest and longest history as it was played by the Ancient Greeks and Romans. If you love bowling, then it is safe to say that you are not alone. Around 25% of Americans go bowling each year, which means that more Americans participate in this sport than they do in any other. It is also growing in popularity in the United Kingdom. Bowling is fun to play, but it also provides plenty of health benefits, eight of which we shall look at now.
Bowling can help you to lose weight as it speeds up your metabolism. When you are bowling you are moving all of the time which helps to burn calories. During a three-game series of bowling, you will walk close to one mile. Therefore, depending on your weight and the and the effort that you put in when playing, you can burn between 170-300 calories per game.
Decreases Your Risk of Disease
Leading a sedentary lifestyle is a leading cause of heart disease. Exercise, such as a game of bowling, decreases your chances of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. It also improves your bone density, lowers your cholesterol levels, improves your circulation, and helps you to use oxygen better.
Helps to Strengthen and Tone Your Muscles
Bowling is a sport that helps to promote lower body muscle exercise because you walk a lot with a heavy bowling ball in your hands. Furthermore, when you are swinging the ball prior to releasing it down the lane, the flexing and stretching that occurs provides your ligaments, tendons, and muscles with some great exercise.
Helps to Relieve Stress
Our day to day lives can be really stressful, so we are often looking for something that will help us to alleviate some of that stress. One great way to forget about the things that are troubling you is to have a game of bowling with your friends. How is this so? Well, every time you are going to roll the ball, you have to focus on what you are doing. Since you are immersed in the game, you forget about what else is troubling you.
Improves Your Flexibility
Bowling is a sport that will help to improve your flexibility. When you are partaking in some bowling, you need to learn to stretch and do specific poses so that you do not injure yourself. The stretches will help you with your accuracy when you are aiming at the pins and they will enhance your flexibility. In three games of bowling, you will throw the ball around 54 times, which helps to improve flexibility.
Improves Your Coordination
When you are doing some bowling, you have to learn how to coordinate your body and hands. Your eyes will guide your hand and ensure that you have good aim. Once you have learnt to guide your hand with your eyes, you will have a lot more fun when you are bowling. When your coordination is on point, you will have a much better chance of winning the game.