We thought about some healthy living tips for Seniors today. How about some bowling for seniors leagues around the nation? I know a lot of you are probably shaking your heads thinking “why in the world would I want to go bowling”? Most of you probably associate bowling as the Friday night factory crowd getting together for a few games of bowling. You know the ones with the standard bowling shirts, gloves, shoes, and custom-made balls, for a loud and rowdy game or three of bowling.
You have in your mind the beer drinking, happy-go-lucky Al Bundy types having a fun night at the bowling alley! Seniors can go out and have a fun night too, or maybe an afternoon with some other senior couples. Remember, we are doing this mainly for our health and the opportunity to associate and visit with some like-minded people. Beer is not needed unless you want a couple.
What About Some Bowling for Seniors!
Ladies! When was the last time your husband ask you out for a night of bowling? I know, if you are like my wife, she looks at me with one of those, “are you crazy looks,” like I am from Mars. A lot of men bowled when they were young and during their working years.
It seems that women did not bowl much when they were young. It was always a man thing, and I don’t blame the ladies, because it usually involved a lot of beer drinking, cigar smoking and just a good ole boy time. But, as our society has changed so has the game of bowling.
The way things are now you don’t have to go out on Friday night and get involved with the Friday night bowlers. There are many bowling alleys in different cities all across our Nation that have Senior Leagues. If it is something you would like to do, you can check into joining a Senior League, where you pay a set league fee, which could include shoes and balls and any other expenses associated with the game.
You and your husband could join up, with other couples and share in the cost of the bowling fees. Couples bowling is the least expensive way to do things, and a lot of these leagues have coaching available to help you along if needed. Most of these Senior Leagues meet for afternoon bowling. Coffee, drinks, and donuts are usually provided.
If you didn’t want to go out with the crowd, you and your spouse could go alone for an afternoon of fun, or just with another couple.
Healthy Living Tips for Seniors
Bowling has a lot of benefits, of which are:
- Weight Loss – Bowling speeds up your metabolism. Even though you are in a small area, your constant movement while playing helps you burn excess fat.
- Muscle Toning and Strengthening – Your body and arms receive a weight-based workout while bowling. Your muscle tone, strength, balance, and joint flexibility are strengthened and improved. The constant swinging of your arms is good for toning those arm muscles. You are always bending, stretching, and working those leg and back muscles. The gripping of the ball helps with hand strength.
- Reduced Risk of Disease – According to WebMD, exercise, including bowling lowers your risk of stroke, heart attacks, diabetes, increases bone density, helps utilize oxygen better and many other health benefits.
- A Sport for All Ages – Bowling is a great sport for all ages. Everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens enjoys the game of bowling. There is a minimal risk of injury in bowling, and many bowling alleys provide wheelchairs. Most bowling alleys accommodate the blind as well.
- Improved Social Life – Bowling can help you make new friends. Finding companionship through bowling leagues can ease loneliness among the elderly. Getting out and being with old friends or just making new friends is great for your mind and helps increase longevity!
Bowling Tips – Seniors
You might be saying “I am too old to go bowling” or “bowling is for the younguns.” We all need to get out at least once a week, and this may be one of the things to consider. When you do decide to go out for a day of bowling here are some things to take into consideration.
The main one being, we are not young anymore. Take into consideration your balance is not what it used to be, so we have to take things a little slower when it comes to picking up the ball and your approach to how you throw the ball. One thing that you can do is pick up the ball with both hands. Because some seniors have lost wrist strength, professionals recommend using a wristband. You might want to check and see if you might need a back brace, knee brace or wrist brace when you go bowling. If you have never bowled, it is a good idea to check and see what works for you.
Another thing is to be conscious of the rules and regulation. Find bowling shoes that fit correctly and do not slip. The lanes are oiled so avoid stepping over the foul line, as you might slip and fall. Be aware of people bowling on either side of you, wait until they have launched their ball before you start your approach. Learn the rules of the game and go over them again so you can make the most out of your play.
Remember, most bowling alleys have coaches available that will be more than happy to assist you if you have any questions or need any help with anything associated with the game. As with any sport, practice makes perfect.
Best Bowling Balls for Seniors/Senior Bowling Ball Weight
Of course, the proper bowling ball is probably the most important of all things about the game of bowling. That could be why we have so many bowling ball makers in this Nation. It is especially true for seniors and is very critical. For safety reasons avoid balls that are too heavy. Everyone has different strength levels, so it is important that you experiment with a variety of balls of different weight.
There are several types of bowling balls for everyone. For seniors, I would not think a fancy two hundred dollar ball would be what you wanted. If you are just going out for an afternoon of bowling with your spouse or another couple, a regular bowling ball would be appropriate. A good idea would be to do some research. There are bowling balls for seniors that weigh anywhere from 6 to 16 pounds and are best for straight rollers.
Then there are balls for experienced bowlers that can change direction quickly and will speed down the lanes faster. There are balls advertised that have good continuation through the pins and can pick up a nice hook. Balls that have graphic designs on them that you can design yourself, advertised to barrel through the pins.
Many of you might be thinking; I don’t want to go through all that, to go bowling. If you just want to go out and have some fun, then you don’t have to purchase anything from a store. Bowling alleys have all sizes of shoes, all types of bowling balls that you can get, and the price is included in with the cost of the game. Don’t forget about some bowling senior tournaments where you and your spouse can join up.
An afternoon of bowling can be fun and it is always good to get out of the house, have some fun with friends or make it a fun day with your spouse.
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