Bowling is one of those pastimes that is often derided by people who engage in strenuous physical sports. This is because a lot of your time on the alley is spent standing around waiting for your turn. Even at the maximum exertion, you are walking at a slightly higher rate toward the lane, and lifting a ball from hip to chest level. So how many calories do you burn by bowling? Keep reading to find out.
The most popular form of bowling is ten pin bowling. This is the form of bowling that is most often seen on TV and competitions in the US. You can read more about the rules of ten pin bowling here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten-pin_bowling
A 180 pound person will burn about 150 calories per hour whilst bowling. At 150 pounds you will burn a mere 120 kcal per hour. This is not far above your base rate, and certainly does not compete with continuous aerobic activity, such as running, swimming and cycling. Bowling can actually be a dieting nightmare, as the activity encourages snacking. If you do go bowling with friends, and want to watch your figure, make sure to turn down the beer and crisps. Then go home and do some lunges.