With the weather getting a little colder people are looking for ways to get in some exercise inside, but with more of a social factor than a physical one. While this is weather more suitable for the board and video games, people are nonetheless finding ways to get in some exercise. Bowling is a welcome compromise, as it provides some modicum of physical exercise and mental challenge. Given that it is also a team sport it is a natural for the more relaxed winter season, making it a great reason to get out of the house for an evening and enjoy time with friends and family, and can even be a little healthy.
While it is easy to discount the physical aspect of bowling, it is worth noting that lifting a 10-20 pound bowling ball and chucking it down a long lane 30 to 90 times is going to give you some sort of exercise. As long as you do not eat too much junk food while you are out you should actually get in some decent exercise. Combined with the short burst of speed required to throw the ball down the lane and the rush of adrenalin from the occasional spare and strike, and the evening will leave you a little winded by the time you head home.
There is also the mental aspect of the game. In order to do well in the game, you need to balance finesse with raw force. In terms of force you need to find that sweet spot between too much and too little; if you apply too much force to the bowling ball then you are likely to create more than your fair share of 7-10 splits, which are difficult to pick up. On the other hand, if you apply too little force to the ball then it is most likely to end up in the gutter. You also need to aim your ball correctly in order to allow for curving so as to hit the most pins, and even your initial placement can affect how you do. With all of that going on, it is hard to argue that bowling does not have its mental side.
All of this means that bowling is not just a good time, but has its advantages in mental and physical health. This makes it a great alternative to just sitting home during the winter holidays, and can actually help you get in a little supplemental exercise, which is a good balance to the usual over-eating during the holidays. As long as you do not eat too much junk food while you are bowling, it is definitely worth looking into during the winter.