By Jenise Jackson
Blog Content Contributor
The game of bowling has been a form of entertainment for years. From experience, I like to think that the sport is fun and easy to get into. This is why I decided to get involved in a league. However, once I started bowling on a league, I realized that there weren’t many other college students bowling along with me. So I wanted to share some benefits of league bowling in the hope that they might lead you to consider it as a new hobby.
A lot of people don’t know that bowling can help you get fit. Even though a sculpted physique may not be promised, any exercise is good exercise. It has been said that you can lose between 105 to 250 calories within thirty minutes of bowling. When you bowl league, you usually bowl three games and that takes about two hours. So, repeatedly throwing a heavy ball down a lane can help you cut a significant amount of calories while improving your strength and endurance.
There’s definitely no need for me to go into detail about how college is stressful and that we all need time to relax once in awhile. I would have to say that bowling is a very nice escape from school, though. I’ll be the first to attest that bowling has it’s moments where it can be very frustrating, especially when you’re bowling like crap. Despite this, it is all just friendly competition at the end of the day. So you can just go to lanes, throw all your frames and have fun.
When I first started bowling, I knew nobody on my team. After a couple of weeks, it was like I had known my teammates for years. Whether you bowl on a team full of your friends or complete strangers, you will build up a strong camaraderie. You’ll start to look at your team more as a little family and look forward to bowling with them every week.
Although you’ll pay bowling fees, half of the money that you put in goes towards a prize fund. So at the end of the season, your team will receive prize money based on whatever place you finish in. You might even get lucky and receive some of the individual rewards that might be up for grabs. A lot of teams will play little gambling games weekly to add on to the entertainment also. I think we can all agree that there is nothing wrong with receiving some money while having fun.
If these benefits don’t interest you enough, you could add in the fact that you’ll have a certain status. Being able to say you bowl in a league is a lot cooler than it may sound. No matter your skill set or age, bowling has something to offer you. League bowling comes with a lot of other perks, but you’ll have to figure those out for yourself. If you are interested in joining a league or learning how to bowl, I definitely encourage you to go for it. You never know, it may end up becoming your favorite pastime.
Featured image by Jenise Jackson.