Nancy Langlitz bowls at Bowlero Lanes in Farmington on Monday, April 21.
Nancy Langlitz bowls at Bowlero Lanes in Farmington on Monday, April 21. (Augusta Liddic The Daily Times)
FARMINGTON — The Senior Bowling League just wrapped up another successful season of bowling at Bowlero Lanes in Farmington. With close to 100 bowlers ranging in age from 55 nearing 80, it was a great season with plenty of great moments.

"We have some darn good bowlers in this league," President Ron Jackson said. "Any team can beat any team at any time."

Jackson, who was just re-elected to his post during last week's gathering, said the league is a great place for seniors to enjoy meeting and mingling with others, and to have some fun.

"Whether you bowl 75 or 275, it doesn't make a difference.," Jackson said. "You can still come and have a good time."

The 36-week-long season begins in mid-August and continues through April. Each member pays membership dues and must be a member of the United States Bowling Congress.

The league is competitive, but fun. Being experienced in bowling is not a requirement to join.

"As long as you can pick up a ball and throw it," Jackson added, "you'll do fine."

According to the website www.helpwithbowling.com, among the large number of sports that humans have created and played, bowling is probably the most popular to play and the longest-lived. The sport has more than 50 million competitors in U.S. alone. While football, baseball, and basketball are extremely popular to watch, the truth of the matter is that once out of college, few get out to the park to engage in these high-intensity sports.


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Bowling, however, can be enjoyed by kids and senior citizens alike. The best part about bowling is that it offers health benefits to those who play regularly, which helps contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Bowling, while low in cardio and fast-paced movement, is still a great way for older adults to exercise.

It's highly recommended to stretch before bowling. Just like stretching for other aerobic activities, this is great for the body.

Jo Ipock bowls at Bowlero Lanes in Farmington on Monday, April 21.
Jo Ipock bowls at Bowlero Lanes in Farmington on Monday, April 21. (Augusta Liddic The Daily Times)
Even doing this exercise once a week is a great health benefit to you, as it works joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles.

Bowling helps promote excellent muscle exercises. For instance, simply walking around the bowling alley and along the lane, you will be doing enough exercise for the muscles in your legs to get a small workout.

When you add in swinging your arm to throw the bowling ball, the stretching and flexing that occurs provides enough exercise for the tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints in your arms, according to the website.

As you flex your muscles with every twisting, swinging and turning motion you perform while bowling, you will find yourself burning fat. Depending on how much you weigh and how much effort you use, a game of bowling can burn anywhere from 170 to 300 calories.

Among the large number of reasons for its popularity is that bowling is a very flexible sport, the website said. It allows players to easily adjust to its methods, one of the main reasons why many adults as well as children are able to enjoy taking part in this wonderful test of skill.

The league is always looking for three or four enthusiastic bowlers to join them every Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Bowlero Lanes, 3704 E. Main St. in Farmington. The league is on break from now through August. For information or to sign up, call Ron Jackson at 505-598-5955, or Bowlero Lanes at 505-325-1857.