6 Reasons to Take up Lawn Bowls
Lawn bowls has a very long history – it has been played in the UK for hundreds of years.
Today, it’s still just as popular as ever, and there are an estimated half a million players across the country.
There are thousands of clubs across the country that, of course, are always on the lookout for new members.
Lawn bowls is a great sport to get involved in.
It is a very sociable game and people of all ages and abilities can take part. Its simple rules mean that it’s an easy game for first timers to understand.
It’s also a great form of exercise, and its low intensity nature means that there is minimal risk of injury, so people with limited physical ability can still take part.
If you are thinking about joining your local bowls club, here are 6 reasons why you should sign up today.
1. It’s Sociable
Bowls clubs are sociable places to be. With hundreds of members at your local bowls club, you’ll be sure to meet lots of new people.
A key part of any club is, of course, its clubhouse, and many have bars where you can rest and relax with a cold drink or relaxing cup of coffee after your game, and socialise with other club members.
And, for most clubs, it’s not just about the bowls. A whole host of other social events are arranged by the members for everyone to get involved in.
If you are looking to meet new people, then joining your local bowls club is a fantastic idea.
2. Perfect for All Ages & Levels of Physical Ability
Lawn bowls is a low intensity sport, meaning that people of all ages and levels of physical ability can take part.
Lawn bowls has always had a reputation of appealing to those in the retirement stage of their lives, which is mainly due to its low intensity nature. However, there are people of all ages getting involved with the sport.
There are also many clubs with facilities for those with disabilities to help get them involved with the sport. Disability Bowls England is a charity set up to encourage players of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability. There are regular regional and national competitions across the UK. For further information on Disability Bowls, click here.
3. It Gets You Out in the Fresh Air
There’s nothing quite like the great outdoors and there’s no better place to spend your summer days than out on the bowling green.
Getting outside into the fresh air is very important as it helps to improve blood pressure and heart rate, due to the increased amount of oxygen in the air.
Fresh air also helps to make you happier – another side effect of the increased oxygen level is that it leads to an increase in the amount of serotonin, the happy hormone, in the bloodstream.
It will also increase the number of white blood cells and help them to function correctly and fight off bacteria and illness.
Enjoying a game of bowls is not only enjoyable, it will make you feel happier and healthier, too!
4. It Can Help You to Relax
As well as being good for your physical health, lawn bowls is fantastic for your mental health.
Being outside and in the company of other club members can help create a relaxing environment away from the stresses of everyday life.
Lawn bowls is a fantastic hobby to get involved in and is great for your mental health, as it can alleviate depression and anxiety.
It can be a lot of fun, too, and you’ll be sure to look forward to your upcoming bowls matches with great anticipation.
5. The Rules are Simple
The aim of bowls is simply to be the player with a bowl closest to the jack.
A full game of bowls is typically played over 18 or 21 ‘ends’. After each end, the game is reversed, and the jack is thrown down to the other end of the green to start the next end.
In a singles game, each player has four bowls to attempt to get closer to the jack than their opponent.
The player who wins the most ends, is the overall winner.
You can also play in pairs, triples or fours.
The game really is as simple as that, so it’s easy for first timers to get involved and understand right from the off.
6. It’s Good Exercise
OK, so we’re certainly not claiming bowls to be the most strenuous of sports, but even so, playing lawn bowls burns more calories than you might think.
There is plenty of walking involved and the movements needed to roll bowls require the recruitment of a large number of motor neurones.
This makes it a good form of exercise and, of course, the risk of injury is minimal, too.
With such a long list of benefits, if you have been considering taking up lawn bowls, maybe now is the time to stop procrastinating, take the plunge and get yourself along to your local club. You won’t regret it.
There are thousands of clubs across the width and breadth of the UK so you’ll have no trouble in finding a green near you to try out the sport.
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