Is Bowling a Good Exercise for Seniors?

Is Bowling a Good Exercise for Seniors?

Bowling is good exercise for anyone to participate in, especially senior citizens. Depending on your weight, bowling style and other factors, you could potentially burn up to 250 calories after just one hour of bowling. It’s not surprising when you consider how much walking back and forth you could do. Over the course of three games, you could walk over half a mile! Taking into account carrying around an eight-plus pound bowling ball, it’s no wonder more seniors are flocking to the sport.

Bowling, like any regular exercise, increases the player’s endurance, speeds up their metabolism and helps to maintain bone density. It’s a full body exercise: your legs absorb the energy as the bowler pushes themself forward; your core flexes in anticipation of swinging the ball; your arms control the release of whatever weighted ball works best for you.

Here are a few quick tips for seniors who are getting ready to jump on a lane or two.

Stretch
The key to not straining your body while bowling is to stretch beforehand. While bowling is a much safer sport than others, there are still risks if you don’t properly prepare yourself. Stop if you become overly tired or experience soreness and pain after bowling.

The Right Ball
Take your time in testing out each weight category before picking a bowling ball. Make sure it’s a weight you’re comfortable with and can throw without straining any muscles. If you’re purchasing a bowling ball, see about having an extra hole drilled for comfort and better control.

Comfortable Shoes
Don’t be afraid to request multiple rental shoe sizes to see which one best fits you. As the lanes are slippery, you don’t want to end up falling due to ill-fitting shoes. However, if you plan on buying bowling shoes, you won’t have to worry about finding the perfect rental pair every time.

Proper Form
Senior bowlers should approach their lane with the ball at shoulder height. For added control, keep the bowling ball close to your body. Have someone monitor your form while you bowl to make sure you aren’t unnecessarily straining your body.

Maintain Speed
Concentrate on your legwork to ensure your ball rolls down the lane at a sufficient speed. Increase your stride length and walk faster as you make your way to the foul line, but slow down if you feel unbalanced at any point.

Proper Support
If you have a weak wrist or knee but love to bowl, try using a support wrap or brace whenever you go bowling, to relieve any strain.

Be Observant
Always be aware of your surrounding, especially at a bowling alley with such slippery and heavy equipment. Stay behind the foul line to avoid slipping, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from an employee.

At Bowl BC, our staff is happy to assist our customers with whatever they need. With locations all across British Columbia, we offer a variety of adult programs as well as youth and adult tournaments of all kinds. Call or visit our website bowlbc.com for more information.


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