AMF Bowling Center provides both the question and answer in its one-page public-relations testimonial to the game.
“Need fun? Add bowling.”
On the same sheet, AMF lists the healthy benefits of bowling. Many of these benefits are well-known, but some might be surprising.
With thanks to Bob Edwards, the general manager of AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills, for providing the list, here are those benefits, according to AMF:
-- Bowling burns roughly 240 calories per hour of activity.
-- It strengthens and tones your arm, shoulder, chest and leg muscles.
-- It improves heart and respiratory fitness.
-- It increases endurance while maintaining bone density.
-- It speeds up your metabolism.
-- An average bowler swings a bowling ball a full 360 degrees.
-- An average bowler with a 16-pound ball swings 864 pounds full circle in a three-game series. That is well over one-third of a ton.
-- An average bowler walks an average of 60 feet per turn, or about 6/10 of a mile in a three-game series.
-- The social aspect of bowling helps improve your mental outlook.
-- Bowling is a lifetime sport. It is one of the few sports that allows you to compete at a high level at an older age.
-- Bowling provides an exercise option for those with physical limitations.
-- The millions of dollars of scholarships awarded annually to youth bowlers help them reach their educational goals, which keeps our nation as a whole healthy.
That’s AMF's list, but there are more benefits.
One of my personal favorites is the feel-good bond that brings together teammates when they compete in league play.
It’s a bond that often keeps players bowling on the same team for years and in some cases, for decades. Nothing like chemistry to bring out the best in a team. It’s a winning formula.