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Calories Burned Bowling

Here’s an excuse to continue bowling for as long as you wish. Bowling can actually help you burn off calories, while still having fun. Calories burned while bowling is directly proportional to the active use of our muscular system, muscle contraction and muscle relaxation. The free glucose from the blood and the fat stored around the respective muscles provides energy for the muscular activities. The number of calories you burn while bowling will depend on your weight, height, age, body structure, heredity and the time you spend bowling.

How Many Calories Burnt Bowling For 30 Minutes

You can use a calories burned calculator to measure the amount of calories you burn while bowling.
You need to enter certain specifics like your age, weight and height. For example, the calories burned in one hour of bowling for a 35 year old female, weighing about 135 pounds and with a height of 65 inches, are 115 calories. You can burn approximately 100 calories while bowling for thirty minutes if you are a teenager or in your early twenties. You can follow the same steps to check burning calories by bowling for 1 hour.

Health Benefits Of Bowling

Whether it is advice on how to throw the ball, cheer you when you play or exclaim when you just miss your target, bowling gives you the opportunity to make new friends and build new bonds. Psychologists recommend that is helps improve the performance of your heart muscles and increases longevity. Emotional stress can severely shorten your lifespan and harm your body.
Bowling promotes excellent muscle exercises and your muscles get a small workout while you are walking around or swinging your arms to throw the bowling ball. This will stretch, flex and exercise the tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints in your torso.

Weight Loss:

Bowling helps burn fat and is great for weight loss. The twisting, swinging and turning motions while bowling helps burn fat as you flex the muscles. You get the best weight loss results if you warm up before a game of bowling. Depending on your weight, and the amount of effort you put in, you can burn between 150 to 300 calories an hour while bowling.


Regular bowling will improve the fitness levels in your body. Often resistance exercises are advised to improve your bowling fitness and develop your strength. It is good if you have more strength, because that will translate to better bowling performances, especially if you want to take the game at a professional level. You can seek additional weight training and build up to 2-3 workouts per week. When you start out, your exercises may involve only body weight exercises, until you achieve good baseline strength.

Pregnant Women:

If you have been a regular bowler, then there is no reason to stop bowling once you get pregnant. Bowling is not harmful in the initial months of pregnancy. However, the joint and ligaments relax and become lose during pregnancy, so you may experience some soreness. In most cases expectant mothers are not likely to injure themselves in the first two trimesters, provided they do not overstretch their physical limits. In the third trimester, you need to be extra careful while lifting your bowling ball to avoid straining your back muscles. The belly can also make you lose your balance while throwing. The benefit of bowling during pregnancy is that it gives you light exercises and an opportunity to do things that is fun and not just baby-centric. It reduces your stress levels and improves your mood.

Health Risks:

The most common injuries sustained during bowling are in the hand and wrist, elbow, shoulder, knee and hip injuries. These areas consist of joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments and overusing any of these will cause pain. It is best to work on building your muscle strength through training the torso to improve stability, leg muscles for improving balance and upper body for power, accuracy and strength.  

Safety Tips:

  • Always warm up with body stretches and never bowl cold. This will avoid muscle pull and strains.
  • Make sure your shoes are clean and dry before you step into the approach. Check for the sole of your shoes since the smallest drop of moisture or crumb can make you slip and fall while bowling.  
  • Always use both hands to pick up the ball. Picking it up with one hand may injure your wrists and back.
  • Wear the right shoes while bowling. For clothes, wear anything that you are comfortable in and that will not restrict your movements. Jeans, t-shirts, tops, Bermudas, slacks, anything goes.  
  • Eat foods rich in carbohydrates and proteins before bowling. Fruits like watermelon, apple, oranges, cereals, fruit or vegetable juices and a sport drink will boost your energy. Pasta, baked potatoes, bread or rice are good carbohydrate options and lean meats, fish, beans are healthy to eat before you go bowling.

Exercises Before Bowling:

Warm up exercises are good before starting bowling. Spend about 5 minutes in limbering exercises. Spend the next 5-10 minutes in stretching major muscle groups. The stretches are back stretch, hip flexor stretch, quadriceps stretch, hamstring, calf and wrist stretches.

Submitted on January 16, 2014