OK. So we gotta get real. If we are going to have a good game, the body and mind have to be in shape and in sync. As with any sport there are exercises that can help tone and strengthen certain parts of the body specific to the game. Before doing ANY exercises, KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS. Being aware your of limitations as well as your assets is essential even if you are good at your game. If you are a senior, multiply that by quantum leaps. Remember these?
“You got to know when to hold ’em; know when to fold ’em”
If you want to get preliminary information on just about any body condition, The Mayo Clinic is one of the most reputable anywhere. Whether or not you have injuries, their information can be very helpful. “Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group based in Rochester, Minnesota. It is the first and largest integrated nonprofit medical group practice in the world, employing more than 3,800 physicians and scientists and 50,900 allied health staff. The practice specializes in treating difficult cases through tertiary care. It spends over $500 million a year on research. In 2014, Mayo Clinic marks 150 years of continuous service to patients” Check them out at http://www.mayoclinic.org.
One of the first, if not The first, priorities is stamina. Webster defines stamina as “the strength or vigor of bodily constitution : capacity for standing fatigue or resisting disease“. As lofty as it sounds, in more plain talk, stamina is the ability to keep going. It’s different for each individual. Stamina also involves mental fitness. It has been said that you have to put your mind to it. This is true. Stamina helps the mental game going as well as the physical game. This is where the ability to come back when down shows its self, games are won and lost here.
Starting with the feet and legs, walking (real or treadmill), running, bicycling (careful on how you ride if on a regular, non stationary, bike), swimming, all still work. If you slide, extra attention should be placed on the knees. Try to exercise both equally. Bowling is a one sided sport and it is easy to have one leg or arm much stronger than the other. This is not as crucial for non sliders but some leg work never hurts.