A Game For Life

Lawn Bowling is a Game for Life

It is an established fact that participation in the ancient game of “bowls” lengthens life. Doctors say so and statistics prove it.

Lawn bowling offers the finest form of moderate outdoor exercise in any game of outdoor sports and presents it in the form of one of the most fascinating games ever devised by man. Lawn bowling offers more than ideal physical exercise; if offers a better game! You will meet a roster of members, many of whom excelled in strenuous sports, who will now enthusiastically tell you “this is the best game of all”.

It is based on skill, rather than muscle, provides keen competition for men and women of all ages and provides exercise “suitable to the individual”. Bowlers can challenge and often triumph over the younger and more vigorous contestant. No game has more sustained interest. This is a competitive struggle, not like tenpins, five pins, or golf, or billiards, or ballet dancing, where one struggles continually to attain a standard “par” to quality and show their skill.

This is a contest where every bowl is a competitive give and take, and a perfect play can be spoiled by your opponent even as you would do to him or her. The cares of the world are forgotten as the first bowl rolls down the green.

Some medical doctors have given the following reasons for recommending systematic exercise to promote health and well-being:

  • First, physiological contraction of leg and arm muscles compresses veins and helps to pump blood back to the heart and lungs.
  • Second, this contraction helps prevent venous stasis, varicosities and venous thrombosis.
  • Third, healthy muscular fatigue encourages normal sleep and rest, the perfect substitute for sedatives and sleeping pills.
  • Finally, mounting scientific evidence that an active muscular metabolism, due to physical exercise suited to the individual over the years, plays a definite role in delaying or preventing clinical signs of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

One important requirement is that exercise must be pleasant and can be fun. No other game yet devised more fully completes these requirements than the game of “bowls”. It offers mild exercise without undue fatigue, a combination of walking (the best of all exercises) in the fresh air, with rhythmic arm and body movements.

This is presented in an intensely interesting game that makes regular and systematic exercise a pleasure.