You should not expect spectacular health benefits from a night of bowling compared to the health benefits you get from biking. However, more and more people are exercising under expert supervision and Dr. Hans Cooman of the Medically Responsible Sports team is enthusiastic.
What is bowling?
In bowling, the idea is to roll a heavy ball across a lane to target at least 10 pins so that as many as possible fall over. Bowling balls differ from each other in weight (but they are never heavier than 7.2 kg), material, and design of the finger holes. In a private or commercial bowling lane, you can bring with you your own bowling ball. If you want to purchase your own, check out comprehensive reviews – learn more here.
Is bowling healthy?
“Whoever immediately grabs the heaviest ball and throws it at the pins will probably do little good with it. But whoever takes the trouble to master the right technique and play it regularly can improve his coordination ability. For example, you learn better to estimate distances, which is useful in the context of fall prevention, among other things. In addition, strength will also be developed locally and flexibility is required. But it is equally important that you are socially active in a group.”
What are the disadvantages?
On a purely physical level, someone who starts bowling will not benefit a lot from it, in terms of endurance, and someone with, for example, shoulder problems should not start. It is also always wise to consult your doctor or a sports doctor first. sometimes there are risks that you don’t think about. After that, it is important to go slow when playing bowling, preferably under supervision. Then you run the least risk of the arm, shoulder, or back injuries.
How expensive is it?
A beginner does not immediately have to buy bowling shoes or their own ball. Balls are included in the rental price of the court and shoes can be rented for about 1 euro. The price for renting a court (per game, which takes about 10 minutes) is about 3 per person. Large companies or associations reduce the price by renting several courts.