Saturday, 16 February 2013

Can lawn Bowls improve your Health ?

Any form of exercise is good for your health, no matter how gentle it may be. And, if you are participating in a team sport, such as lawn bowls, it helps improve your social life too, which contributes to all round happiness and well-being. Whether you are under ten or over eighty and are taking up the sport for the first time, lawn bowls is a great game for people of all ages and we shall take a look at these benefits below

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What Does Lawn Bowls Involve?
Lawn bowls is a game of concentration, precision and accuracy and involves rolling biased or irregular balls as close as possible to a white ball called the Jack. It has been a popular sport in the UK for centuries and there are thousands of bowls clubs up and down the country. As the sport does not involve periods of prolonged and intense activity, it can be played by pretty much anyone. The game is either taken up as a social activity - strictly for leisure - or it can also be played at competition level, for those who want to give themselves more of a challenge.

How Can It Improve My Health?
Sports and physical activity is beneficial to your health as it keeps you active and alleviates boredom. A US study also revealed that bowls players had a lower fat content when compared with people who did not participate in activities – which is another good reason to take up the sport! However, if you do decide to take up lawn bowls, it is always best to check with your doctor first, especially if you have not taken up any form of sport for some time.

Here are some of the benefits:

Fitness – Lawn bowls helps moderately improve muscle strength (arm, shoulder, leg muscles), flexibility and endurance.

Mental Health –The game gets you out into the fresh air and helps alleviate depression and anxiety.

Increases Skills - Bowls involves some element of problem solving skills and also helps improve co-ordination and concentration

Improves Confidence – Participating in a sport helps improve self-esteem and gets you out and about and meeting people.

Self-Discipline – Sports such as lawn bowls involves turning up on time and being organised by wearing the correct uniform.

Social Interaction – Lawn bowls helps improve social skills and being part of a team also gives you a sense of belonging.

Some of the Top Tips for First Time Players.

Although bowls is a low intensity sport, there are some injuries that can occur and the most common of these are slips during play, falls from being struck by a bowl and sprains from over-exertion on the green.

If you are playing the game for the first time, there are some top tips to help prevent injury during play.

Have bowls lessons in advance if you are a first time player to make sure you get the right technique and have the correct grip on the bowl.

Warm up in advance.
Use a trolley to carry bowls equipment if you cannot carry it yourself.
Seek advice on wearing the correct bowls shoes.

When buying bowls for the first time, ask an expert to make sure that it is the right size for you as bowls come in a range of different sizes (from00 to 5).

Wear the correct bowls clothing – i.e. wear a hat in the summer and wrap up warm when it gets chilly.
Make sure you are fully hydrated throughout the game as this will improve your performance and concentration.

How to Join?
If you are planning on taking up bowls, contact your local club to find out times of play and cost. There is likely to be an annual fee for joining, although some clubs do have pay and play facilities.

About Bowls World
Bowls World has been established over 20 years and sell a wide range of lawn bowls equipment, bowls, accessories and clothing worldwide including men’s bowls clothing, ladies’ bowls clothing and children’s clothing.
We stock more than 200 sets of bowls including the newest products by Taylor bowls, Blaze Bowls. This has proved to be our fastest selling bowls to date and is available in a wide range of colours. You can also choose your own emblem for an extra charge. In addition to lawn bowls, we also sell a range of equipment and accessories for indoor bowls and carpet bowls.

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Some Tips from Henselite Bowls

Each set of diamond-turned Henselite bowls is the result of highly-tuned, precision engineering developed over 80 years of manufacturing innovation.

All the bowls in a set have been individually tested and matched for weight and balance to give you the ultimate in consistent performance on every green…every time.

We are so confident in the quality of our workmanship that we guarantee each set of bowls for ten years. We recommend, however, that you continue to care for your bowls as much as we have, to allow them to perform at their best.

Q. What is the best way to store and transport my bowls?

A. Henselite Bowls Bags are specially designed to protect your bowls when they are being stored or transported. Place the bowls in the bag so that they ride on the running surface, not the engraving. This will protect the engraving from wear and tear.

Q. What do I do if my bowls are in contact with sand or grit?

A. To avoid the abrasive effect of sand or grit, wipe your bowls with a Henselite Polishing Cloth or Sleeve before placing them in your case or bag. Ensure that the bottom of your bowls case or bag is free of sand or grit.

Q. How do I retain the shine on my bowls?

A. Regularly polish your bowls with Grippo using a Henselite Polishing Cloth or Sleeve to keep that ‘new bowl’ sheen. If too much polish accumulates on your bowls, wash the bowls in hot water with soap or mild detergent (such as dishwashing liquid) then dry and polish as usual.

Q. Light scratch marks have appeared on the running surface of my bowls. Is this normal?

A. New, highly polished bowls will always show slight scratch marks on the running surface after use. These marks in no way affect the performance of the bowl or indicate a problem with the bowl. They may usually be polished out using Grippo and a Henselite Polishing Cloth or Sleeve or lightly rubbed with fine steel wool and then polished as usual.

Q. I can’t polish some scratches out. Will this affect the performance of my bowls?

A. Some greens may be "top-dressed" with a sharp, abrasive, granite-type sand. This may cause bowls to scratch or wear more readily. The performance of the bowl is not affected providing the wear on the running surface is even.

Q. Will the bias of my bowls be affected by normal use?

A. The bias of a lawn bowl may be affected by wear through normal use. If you regularly use two or three bowls, rotate the four bowls in your set so that any wear is evenly distributed. This ensures your bowls remain matched for bias. We also recommend that you have your bowls re-tested every three years to check the bias still complies with World Bowls Ltd regulations.

Q. My coloured bowls have become marked, how can I clean them?

A. Coloured bowls may become marked through contact with other bowls and with the ditch. Clean your bowls gently by washing them with a mild detergent to remove these marks
With the start of the New Year, now is the time to think about taking up a new sport or hobby – and lawn bowls could be just the thing! If you can’t take part in strenuous activity, such as rugby or racing round a football pitch - or don’t like the idea of it - lawn bowls is a great sport to take up. It a game of skill and precision and is also an ideal way to meet new people and make new friends. It doesn’t matter how old – or how young – you are, lawn bowls is a fantastic activity to get involved in over the coming year.

Here we shall take a brief look at what lawn bowls involves and explain how to take up the game as a newcomer.
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Lawn Bowls: What it Involves
Lawn bowls involves delivering a bowl as close to the Jack, a small, white ball, as possible and the aim is to get your bowl closer to your opponent’s. The bowls used are biased, which makes the game more skilful.

Can Lawn Bowls be Trendy?
Yes, bowls is trendy but it is about changing people’s attitudes and perceptions of the game. There are all sorts of bowls players from the very young ones – aged nine and upwards - to celebrities. These range from former football players to film directors and there’s even a Club in Beverley Hills where American film producer, script writer and director, Walt Disney, was a bowls player! Every year, lawn bowls attracts interest from juniors and older players taking up the sport for the first time.

Where do I Start?
If you are thinking of becoming a first time player, the best thing to do is find out where your nearest club is and contact them direct. There are thousands of bowls clubs up and down the country, so you will always find one near you. It could be a specific, purpose-built bowls club or a designated green based at the village hall, or your local sports ground. The club may offer organised beginner sessions or, if not, just contact the club secretary to arrange a convenient time when you can introduce yourself to the other players and watch a game at first hand.

What is the Cost?
The cost of taking up lawn bowls varies from club to club, so it is always best to contact your local one direct to find out the exact prices. Some clubs ask only for a one off membership fee, but most ask for an annual fee, plus an additional playing fee. Some also offer sessions where you can pay and play.
If you are serious about the game, you need to think about buying your own bowls and selecting the right clothing. Bowls World sell a variety of lawn bowls, plus lawn bowls equipment, clothing and accessories to get you started. New bowls are expensive but there are second hand bowls available that you can buy from Bowls World, or even from other players at the club.

Buying Bowls
Competition bowlers have lots of different bowls sets but the average player has only one set, so it is important to invest in something that will help improve your game. When it comes to buying bowls, there are some things that you need to think about:

Bias - There are various bowls with all sorts of bias, ranging from narrow drawing bowls, right up to wide drawing bowls, so try out a few at your local club to decide on which is the best for you.

Size - Women generally opt for a size 1 or 2 and men usually have a 3 or 4, but everyone has different sized hands, so it is important you choose one that feels comfortable for you.

Grip - The type of grip you choose is also important for play and you would need a bowl that has a firm but comfortable grip.
The most important thing to do is ‘try before you buy’. Borrow some different bowls at your local club. Seek advice from an experienced club member, or visit your local bowls shop, such as Bowls World, where the staff there can help you choose.

Do I Need to Take Lessons?
If you are thinking of starting up the game, you will often find a willing individual to coach you through some of the techniques involved. Many bowls clubs offer free lessons to show you how to bowl, to explain the rules of the game, and to talk you through the terminology.

About Bowls World
If you new year’s resolution is to take up bowls, Bowls World sell a wide variety of bowls equipment, accessories and clothing world-wide for beginners to the more experienced players.

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