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The Health Benefits of Bowling

Bowling doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to the god-like physiques of its players. Homer Simpson, Al Bundy, John Goodman in The Big Lebowski…how did our fair sport get such a bad rap? Many people might be surprised to learn that the health benefits of bowling are actually quite numerous! (It’s the Beer Frame that’ll getcha….)

Granted, in bowling you don’t really do a whole lot of moving around–most activities are done in short bursts, rather than prolonged stretches of movement. But you ARE moving, and that can make a huge difference! Even a moderate amount of exercise can greatly reduce the chances for heart disease, and can lower the risk for stroke and diabetes.

It’s estimated that during a three game series, the average bowler will walk about ⅗ of a mile, all while carrying a heavy ball. This means you can burn around 170-300 calories per game–roughly 6 calories/minute (about the same as golfing or riding a bike at 6mph). In addition, throwing the ball stretches and flexes your arm, providing great exercise for your tendons, ligaments, and joints. This can improve muscle strength and lead to greater flexibility and range of motion.

Bowling at least once a week can help sharpen motor skills, improve eye-hand coordination, stimulate mental alertness and concentration, and hone tactical strategies. And it’s a great stress reliever! Many studies show that social, team-building activities such as bowling help to ease loneliness and reduce stress and depression…which can lead to a longer, happier life!

Best of all, because bowling is such a low-impact sport, it can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age or physical ability. Many bowling alleys are set up to accommodate wheelchairs and those with visual impairments. And it’s just so fun. Hard to remember that you’re actually getting exercise!

We would recommend celebrating wisely during the Beer Frame, though. One 12 oz beer will take 44 minutes of consecutive bowling to work off your gut!