The benefits of playing bowls in retirement

Older man playing bowls on green

Bowls is a sport popular with people of all ages. For people in, or approaching, retirement in particular, it’s a great way to stay active and socialise with friends.

Read on to find out more about the benefits of playing bowls in later life.

A gentle way to get active

Bowls is a great way to get gentle exercise. It involves more walking than you’d imagine, as you head up and down the green to collect your bowls.

As well as the cardio exercise that walking provides, your arm and leg muscles will get a workout too. The muscles in your arms will get stronger as you perfect your bowling technique, and your leg muscles will get a workout as you lunge into the throw.

Great for socialising

Bowling is a fantastic way to socialise with existing friends, or to make new ones with similar interests.

Many bowls clubs are extremely sociable and put on regular functions. You don’t even need to play to get involved, as there are often opportunities to volunteer in the day-to-day running of the club.

A way to improve your skills

Bowls allows you to exercise your mind as well as your body. It encourages strategic thinking to plot your next move and figure out your shot selection.

Playing bowls will also help improve your balance and hand-eye coordination, as you practise your aim and throw.

The whole family can get involved

Anyone can play bowls, so why not bring your family along?

You can teach them how to play or challenge them to a game. Not only will you get to spend quality time with your family, you’ll also be able to practise your game. They might even end up fans of the sport themselves.

There’s a club near you

With more than 2,500 bowls clubs across England, it’s highly likely that there’ll be one near you.

If you join a bowls club you’ll benefit from the facilities, tournaments, and meeting new opponents and friends. Lots of clubs also offer lessons that’ll help you improve your game.


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