Any form of exercise is good for your health, no matter how gentle it may be. And, if you are participating in a team sport, such as lawn bowls, it helps improve your social life too, which contributes to all round happiness and well-being. Whether you are under ten or over eighty and are taking up the sport for the first time, lawn bowls is a great game for people of all ages and we shall take a look at these benefits below
What Does Lawn Bowls Involve?
Lawn bowls is a game of concentration, precision and accuracy and involves rolling biased or irregular balls as close as possible to a white ball called the Jack. It has been a popular sport in the UK for centuries and there are thousands of bowls clubs up and down the country. As the sport does not involve periods of prolonged and intense activity, it can be played by pretty much anyone. The game is either taken up as a social activity - strictly for leisure - or it can also be played at competition level, for those who want to give themselves more of a challenge.
How Can It Improve My Health?
Sports and physical activity is beneficial to your health as it keeps you active and alleviates boredom. A US study also revealed that bowls players had a lower fat content when compared with people who did not participate in activities – which is another good reason to take up the sport! However, if you do decide to take up lawn bowls, it is always best to check with your doctor first, especially if you have not taken up any form of sport for some time.
Here are some of the benefits:
Fitness – Lawn bowls helps moderately improve muscle strength (arm, shoulder, leg muscles), flexibility and endurance.
Mental Health –The game gets you out into the fresh air and helps alleviate depression and anxiety.
Increases Skills - Bowls involves some element of problem solving skills and also helps improve co-ordination and concentration
Improves Confidence – Participating in a sport helps improve self-esteem and gets you out and about and meeting people.
Self-Discipline – Sports such as lawn bowls involves turning up on time and being organised by wearing the correct uniform.
Social Interaction – Lawn bowls helps improve social skills and being part of a team also gives you a sense of belonging.
Some of the Top Tips for First Time Players.
Although bowls is a low intensity sport, there are some injuries that can occur and the most common of these are slips during play, falls from being struck by a bowl and sprains from over-exertion on the green.
If you are playing the game for the first time, there are some top tips to help prevent injury during play.
Have bowls lessons in advance if you are a first time player to make sure you get the right technique and have the correct grip on the bowl.
Warm up in advance.
Use a trolley to carry bowls equipment if you cannot carry it yourself.
Seek advice on wearing the correct bowls shoes.
When buying bowls for the first time, ask an expert to make sure that it is the right size for you as bowls come in a range of different sizes (from00 to 5).
Wear the correct bowls clothing – i.e. wear a hat in the summer and wrap up warm when it gets chilly.
Make sure you are fully hydrated throughout the game as this will improve your performance and concentration.
How to Join?
If you are planning on taking up bowls, contact your local club to find out times of play and cost. There is likely to be an annual fee for joining, although some clubs do have pay and play facilities.
About Bowls World
Bowls World has been established over 20 years and sell a wide range of lawn bowls equipment, bowls, accessories and clothing worldwide including men’s bowls clothing, ladies’ bowls clothing and children’s clothing.
We stock more than 200 sets of bowls including the newest products by Taylor Bowls, Blaze Bowls. These have proved to be our fastest selling bowls to date and is available in a wide range of colours. You can also choose your own emblem for an extra charge. In addition to lawn bowls, we also sell a range of equipment and accessories for indoor bowls and carpet bowls.