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Bowling For Fitness!

Oct 22, 2018 • by Todd Turner, Alvernia University
Bowling for Fitness

Have you ever thought how bowling could help you lose weight or tone muscle? According to Health Fitness Revolution, “Bowling helps you slim down by speeding up your metabolism. Although the game is restricted to a small area, your constant movement while playing helps burn excess fat”. Depending on your weight and amount of effort you put into the game, bowling can burn anywhere from 170 to 300 calories per game. An adult who weighs 200 pounds can burn up to 275 calories per hour while bowling, according to

To help achieve losing weight or toning up that excess fat, you need a bowling alley. In Berks County, there are two main bowling alleys. Berks Lanes & New Hiester Lanes are the most popular in the area. Berks Lanes is located on 3190 Shillington Rd, Sinking Spring, PA 19608. Currently, they have specials for all ages and times. On Mondays, Berks Lanes has a $1.50 special on games plus shoes which is called Monday Madness. But if you cannot make it Monday night, they have a special any day of the week bowl for 15 dollars shoes included for two hours per person. Which it is positive because it normally takes about 15 minutes or less a person. Also, Berks Lanes offers Glow Bowling which only occurs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check the website out if you are interested in the times.

The other bowling alley is The New Hiester Lanes, which is located 801 Hiesters Ln, Reading, PA 19605. Hiester Lanes have “Bowl your brains out” for 2 hours of bowling with shoes it is $14. This can be attended whenever throughout the week. Just like Berks Lanes, both bowling alleys have glow bowling which are on the same days. Check the website for specials throughout the week.

Bowling also has the ability to not only cause weight loss and muscle toning. It also can help improve your balance and hand-eye coordination. According to, throwing a ball and striking a group of pins nearly 60 feet away requires a lot of hand-eye coordination. Over time your eyes will adjust to the distance and will allow you to place the ball on the right path to get a strike. But it takes practice just like anything else you do in the world. Bowling helps with the flexibility and balance with everyday life. “The twisting, lunging, and stretching bowling requires improves your flexibility and balance. Every time you extend your arm and body, your joints, ligaments, and muscles are extending with it. Not to mention, carrying extra weight on your upper half leads your lower half to offset the difference with improved balance and posture.”

Bowling can be healthy for you, it adds muscle, balance, and flexibility, mental awareness, and weight loss. Bowling is one of the few sports that you can do even if you are aging. This activity can be enjoyed by every one of all ages and should be incorporated into daily lives. So remember when you are bowling, it is good for your health too.

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