Make Exercise Fun with Bowling
You know you need to exercise, but if you’re anything like the rest of America you’re not doing it enough. According to the CDC, only 49% of adults met the requirement for aerobic physical activity, and even less, a small 20%, met the requirement for both aerobic and muscle-strength. Consequences of not getting enough exercise are numerous – like obesity, heart disease and osteoporosis, just to name a few. Fortunately, bowling is just one of the ways to make exercise a lot more fun!
How Much Exercise Do You Need?
Everyone needs some form of activity every day. The CDC recommends that children do at least an hour of physical activity every day, and adults need two and a half hours per week of aerobic activity plus at least 2 days a week that works all major muscle groups. With school, work and after-school activities, it can be impossible to fit in dinner, let alone exercise.
With bowling, you don’t have to be part of that statistic! Many people think of bowling as a fun activity, not a calorie burning activity, but why can’t it be both? And more than that, it’s an easy way for the whole family to exercise, bond, and have fun together.
Bowling as Exercise
Bowling fits the bill for both aerobic and muscle-strength exercise. The average bowling ball weighs anywhere from 6 to 16 pounds, and the constant picking up and tossing it works the muscles in your arm, back, and shoulder. The constant up and down to take your turn adds up… playing only two games adds up to more than a mile walked! Depending on factors like weight and intensity level, bowling can burn 175 to 300 calories per game. It doesn’t take too long either, a game is only about 15 mins per player.
With ramps and bumpers almost anyone can bowl, no matter what age group or disability. Older adults 65 years and older need the same amount of exercise a week as younger adults, and bowling can be a low impact way to fit it in. Even young children can bowl with the help of an adult, ramps, and bumpers.
There’s no need to wait to start adding bowling in as part of your fitness program. Pin Chasers offers an 8 for 8 program that is a lot more fun than sit ups, and cheaper than the gym. It’s just $8 per week for 8 weeks of bowling, plus free extras. It’s one exercise program you won’t want to skip out on.