While bowling may seem like a sport with less physical contact, it’s still an activity that requires proper stretching. You can avoid injuries providing you take a few minutes to prepare before every game you bowl. In this blog, we’ll point out five great stretches that will enable you to play your best without having complications.
Neck and Shoulders
Arms and Wrists
Calves and Ankles
A great stretch before bowling that will loosen your neck and shoulders is a yoga pose that helps to relieve any tension in these areas. Stand with feet shoulder length apart and bring hands behind your back. Lock your hands together by weaving the fingers into one another. Then bend forward at the waist bringing your bonded hands up toward your shoulder blades and pushing your clapped hands toward the back wall. This is an excellent stretch when you hold it for up to 5-seconds. Do this 5-times to maximize the movement.
Next, work on your arms and wrists by holding your arms out to the sides and at shoulder length. With fists closed, and arms out, make little circles with your wrists only do this for up to 30-seconds then switch to bigger circles for 30-seconds. Change these two repeatedly for up to two minutes to strengthen the arms and loosen the muscles in your wrists. These are two methods of stretching necessary for you to bowl a good game.
After you work the arms, neck, etc., it’s time to move to the inner thighs. Stand with feet slightly apart, holding your bowling ball in front of you, then alternating legs, raise one leg behind you and lowering your arms with the ball toward the floor. Without touching the floor with the ball raise yourself back up and switch legs. Do ten reps on each leg. This movement helps with balance while keeping your inner thighs super healthy.
Besides your thighs, the calf and ankles need to have some particular attention if you’re going to bowl a good game. Find a stair to step on and use your toes and the front part of your feet to adhere to the level while allowing you heels to drop down below the step just a bit. Raise yourself back up till you’re standing on the top part of the foot and feeling the stretch in the arch of your feet. Not only will this stretch keep you ‘on your toes’ it’s also great to relieve shin splints and plantar fasciitis.
After you’ve warmed up the calves and ankles, it’s time to spend a few extra minutes on the toes and feet alone. Sit on the floor with legs in front of you. Grab the top part of your feet and pull up on your legs. Lift your legs off the ground while hanging onto your feet. Do this stretch a total of 10 times.
These are some perfect stretches that will help improve your game while preventing any injuries from occurring. Be sure to check with your doctor, anytime you start a regular physical activity.
The Wow Alley located on Coconut Creek, FL, is a dream bowling destination for kids, teens, adults, and groups. Boasting a modern bowling facility with 10 alleys, automatic counters, music, giant video screens, food, and even a wine & beer bar, it is easy to see why anyone planning to have a fun time bowling should only have one option in mind. However, as fun as the Wow Alley is slated to be, there are plenty more ideas on how to make your bowling party even more exciting for all those involved. Check out some of these ideas below.
1. Compete against each other
Bowling has always been a competitive sport. It may not be as competitive as athletics or court games but it sure does bring out the needed effect. One way to liven things up a bit, therefore, is to compete against each other. You can do so as individuals while playing on one bowling alley or you can form teams and compete against each other with each team playing on a separate alley. If your party is big enough, you can book the entire Alley and make it an all-out championship war.
2. Make fun bets
If you are used to competing against each other at the bowling alley, you can take things a notch higher and bring the competitive spirit to a new level. You can make this happen by making fun bets. The bets here can be for anything, such favors or treats such as drinks at the bar. You can take bets against individual members or against teams. The losing teams or individuals will then have to pay up their bets at the end. This is guaranteed to make your bowling party more exciting and even more rewarding for the best players.
3. Organize to have your special music played
The Wow Alley offers great music all day long to participating customers and groups. However, if you are having a bowling party at our facility, you could bring your favorite music and ask to have it played for your guests. This way, your party will enjoy just the right kind of music they like. This could be children’s music or even dance music for the adults. And as you well know, nothing underlines a party better than great music that the people actually like.
4. Bring entertainers to the party
A good party can always use an entertainer. And the same applies to bowling parties too! Talk to us at the Wow Alley and let us know if you would like to bring an entertainer to your bowling party. You could organize to bring in a clown or a face painter for the kids or you could bring in a band for your adult guests. Now that should make it a bowling party to remember!
5. Bowl in the dark
Ever bowled in the dark? Do you think you could pull it off? We have recently introduced our latest attraction – a ‘bowling in the dark’ theme which will be available on Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm to midnight. Experience dark lights, lasers, music, videos, and a whole new bowling ambiance. Planning a night bowling party? Then you absolutely have to try this out.