Heard of "Bowling for Dollars"? This popular TV "reality show" of the 60's featured everyday people and perky celebrities smashing bowling pins to earn money for selected charities. If you saw the show live, this means you are over 50 now, and a fellow Boomer. There are a lot of us out there—in fact approximately 10,000 fellow U.S. Boomers are busy turning 65 every day. In a mere 15 years there will be more of us over 65 than children under 15!
You're right—this article is not about your typical bowling average—it’s about your “aging average.” Aging averages show that “you don’t stop playing when you get old, YOU GET OLD WHEN YOU STOP PLAYING!” Remember our article “Getting older is inevitable—getting old is not?” Play, play, play as part of an Active Positive Lifestyle!
Consider starting your own "reality show" called "Bowling For Your Health." You are the bowler, and the prize is your health. Strike or no strike, you win: You and your friends get healthier by bowling and also by socially connecting with each other. Seems to be no end to the number of reality shows you can play: "Tennis For Your Health, "Dancing For Your Health," and “Hiking For Your Health.” You get the idea! And speaking of dancing (one of our favorite reality shows) did you ever think about how much bowling and other athletic moves almost seem like dance steps? Hmm—another topic for later; maybe we’ll call it "Aging Gracefully…."
We just tried "Bowling for Your Health" last week. We met with our friends Alan and Glory Villavasso at the Brunswick Zone in Lawrenceville to “knock 'em down” and show our “form.” Alan and Glory are passionate leaders of the Gwinnett Senior Golden Games and pretty darn good bowlers, too. Another good reality tip we can share with you here is “Don't play them for money—they play too well!”
While we are both in our 60's, one of us arrived at the bowling alley with very little bowling skill and the other with his bowling ball and shoes in hand from 1960. The pins seem much further away now than in 1960, the ball heavier, and the ground lower—thank God for ibuprofen! We laughed with Alan and Glory, took a few pictures, and had a good time incorporating bowling into our Active Positive Lifestyle.
Ah, an Active Positive Lifestyle, you ask? Nourish your body, Stay active, Stimulate your mind, Connect with others, and Create Value—the path to Healthy Aging! When you choose an Active Positive Lifestyle it affects your happiness and you become a positive influence on those around you. Your "reality shows" help create an Active Positive Lifestyle, and all participants become winners—rich in good health!
Sheri & Bill
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