Five reasons why bowls is good for your wellbeing

14th May, 2024

We’re proud to support the Mental Health Foundation this Mental Health Awareness Week – 13 to 19 May. Join in and help to create a world with good mental health for all.

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The following reasons highlight how playing bowls not only contributes to physical health but also nurtures mental, social and emotional wellbeing, making it a valuable activity for individuals seeking holistic wellness.

  1. Physical Activity: Bowls involves moderate physical activity, including walking, bending, and stretching while delivering the bowl. Regular physical activity like bowls can improve cardiovascular health, muscle strength, and flexibility, promoting overall physical wellbeing.
  2. Mental Wellbeing: Engaging in bowls provides a tranquil and social environment, which can have positive effects on mental health. The focus required during the game helps to distract from stressors, while the social interaction fosters a sense of belonging and reduces feelings of isolation, promoting mental wellbeing.
  3. Strategic Thinking and Problem-Solving: Bowls requires strategic thinking and problem-solving skills to anticipate and plan shots effectively. Engaging in this mental exercise stimulates cognitive function, improves concentration, and enhances decision-making abilities, which can be beneficial for people of all ages.
  4. Community and Social Connection: Bowls is often played in a communal setting, such as a club or community green, fostering social connections and a sense of belonging. Participating in bowls provides opportunities to meet new people, build friendships, and strengthen existing social networks, which are essential for emotional wellbeing and resilience.
  5. Lifelong Enjoyment and Skill Development: Bowls is a sport that can be enjoyed throughout life, from young adulthood to older age. It offers opportunities for skill development and progression, providing a sense of achievement and purpose. The lifelong nature of bowls encourages ongoing physical and mental engagement, promoting a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.


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