Can bowling be considered exercise?
Bowling can be fun but here's why you can also count it towards your daily physical activity.
Whether you're looking for something fun to do with the family on a rainy Sunday afternoon or you participate in a weekly bowling league with friends, you likely don't head to the bowling alley because you figure it's time to get in your daily workout. But you may be surprised to know that bowling offers a number of physical benefits, in addition to the mental and social benefits you may already enjoy.
Here are 4 ways bowling can improve your physical health:
- It builds muscle strength. Have you ever felt the weight of a bowling ball? Holding that weight helps to build muscle strength as you move your arm to throw the ball.
- It improves flexibility. As you swing your arms to release the ball, you're stretching and flexing the muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments in your arm. You're also reaching back and forth, using your hips, as well as your upper and lower body, to complete the move. Moving your body helps to keep it flexible.
- It can help you lose weight. You may not leave the bowling alley sweating up a storm, but your body has to move in order to bowl. Between walking across the alley and swinging your arm, you can expect to burn up to 4 calories a minute. That's similar to what you'll burn when gardening, vacuuming or riding a bicycle at 6 mph. And it's only slightly less than what you would burn while walking 3 mph.
- It's a great way to increase your physical activity. If you spend most of your time sitting on the couch, bowling can be a start towards a less sedentary lifestyle. You'll be moving more than you do when sitting at home but may not even notice the increased activity, since the primary focus of the activity is on having fun and being social.