Easy Exercises to Get You Warmed Up for Bowling
There area many easy and simple exercises that will get you warmed up for a competitive game of bowling. Although many people don’t consider bowling a real sport, but more of a pastime for overweight, old men while they drink beers and smoke cigars, rolling that 16 pound ball down the lane is actually much harder than it looks and it is important to warm up your body before taking on this sport.
Warming up the muscles and joints of the body is important before any exercise and bowling is no different.
The Hip Flexor Stretch is important to warm up and is done by taking a step forward with your left leg while keeping the right leg straight in a standing position. Bend the knee of the left leg until you feel a stretch in the front area of the right hip. Be sure that the left foot is beneath the left knee or slightly in front of it. Hold this stretch and then repeat on the other side.
To stretch the groin area, sit on the floor with the soles of your feet together. Hold your toes and lean your upper body forward, bending from the hips. If you do not feel a stretch in the groin, try to keep your knees further down towards the floor and bring your heels closer to your seat. Hold this position for 30 seconds. To isolate one side of the groin more than the other, push one knee gently downwards while you lean forward.
To stretch your quadriceps stand with your left hand holding onto something stable for balance. Using your right hand, grab onto your right foot and pull your heel in towards your buttocks. Keep your knees close together during this stretch. If you do not feel a stretch in the front of the right hip and thigh, pull your right knee further back behind the left knee. Hold this pose for 30 seconds and then repeat with the left side.
Placing your right leg flat on a table or other surface, while your left leg stays on the floor does a great hamstring stretch. Keep the arch in your back while you reach to touch your toes. Repeat this stretch on the other side.
To stretch out your calf muscle, stand a few feet from a wall and at shoulder level put both your hands on the wall. Step back with your right leg, keeping it straight, while the left knee bends. With both heels on the floor, lean forward by bending your left knee until you feel a stretch in your calf. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.
To effectively stretch your low back, lie on your back with your right arm extended out to your side. Using your left hand, slowly pull your right knee across your torso, while keeping your right shoulder on the ground. Hold and repeat on the other side.
It is also important to stretch out your wrists. While keeping your right elbow straight, use your left hand to bend your right wrist backwards as far as you can until you feel a stretch in your wrist/forearm. Hold and repeat with the other side. Then, bend your right wrist in the opposite direction until you feel a stretch. Hold this stretch and then repeat with the other wrist.