When you are above a certain age limit, there are very few sports you can actively engage in without injuring your frail body. Very vigorous sports like football, basket ball and tennis are out of the question. It is around this time when many people turn to more relaxed games like golf and barefoot bowling.
This is a simple game that doesn’t require a lot of sweat. Since it is played indoors, barefoot bowling o not hampered by bad weather. It is rather hard to imagine that rolling a ball on a lawn to hit a target could have any health benefits. However, this sport is not just a recreational sport as it plays an important therapeutic role especially to the elderly people in the society.
Some of the health benefits include
1. Burning Excess Fat: The body burns excess fat every time you use your muscles in an exercise. The swinging movements employed in this sport are enough to burn some fat every time you perform them. This goes a long way in maintaining recommended weight and body fat levels therefore reducing chances of heart related diseases.
2. Building Social Relationships: Many old people tend to feel alone and neglected. This leads to high levels of stress and depression which can be fatal. When old people are involved in sporting activities, they make friends and compete against each other thus giving them something to look forward to and work toward.
3. Improves coordination: Age comes with a loss of many things including skills and coordination. Knowing just the right time to bowl and the amount of energy to apply is a great achievement for the elderly.Coordination determines ones suitability at the game with those who have coordination problems finding it hard to make reasonable progress at the game.
4. Mental fitness: This game is not exactly your everyday version of an active sport, but it engages old people both physically and mentally. They are also able to keep scores and calculate the angle at which to bowl in order to score more points.