By Dawn Bright
I saw your answer in the last issue of Beachcomber as to whether or not golf was really exercise. I have the same question about bowling, because my sister’s doctor told her, “Bowling isn’t exercise, it’s an activity.” What do you think?
– Billy B. from FWB
Good question, Billy. I’m not a doctor, so I did a little research on this one. According to bowling.com, bowling works 134 muscles. That heavy ball you’re throwing helps develop strength in lifting, bending and twisting. And it definitely improves your balance. Here are a few other fun facts: Bowling is the number one participation sport in the United States, according to the Bowling Proprietor’s Association of America. One hour of bowling can burn anywhere from 219 to 320 calories, and can help speed up your metabolism. The repetitive swinging, flexing, bending and stretching help tone muscle groups in your arms, chest, back and legs.
And don’t forget the social benefit of spending time with family and friends, which can decrease stress, loneliness and depression. So I’m going to have to disagree with that doctor. Bowling is not just an activity, it is exercise!
In the last issue, you talked about how much you enjoy golf. I’m also an avid golfer, and am wondering—how do you handle the white feet and glove hand?
– Samantha A. from Destin
Wow, I’m excited about all you folks reading my column! Anyway, yes, I do have very white feet and a white left hand. When you watch the pro golfers, you’ll notice they have pretty weird hat lines, too. For me, I’m so proud of myself for taking up this sport. I kind of feel like I’m showing off when I walk around in sandals that highlight the difference between my feet and the bottom of my leg. It’s a trophy of sorts.
But if it bothers you, try exfoliating the area where the white meets the brown. It might take a few treatments, but eventually you’ll see a more gradual color change rather than the stark change you’re seeing now. Or just use a self-tanner on the sections that have no color. I have friends who swear by Jergens Natural Glow, but there are quite a few on the market. And call me—I’m always up for a good game of golf!
Years ago, I worked with a fellow who ate yogurt for breakfast every day, and every day, without fail, he scraped the last tiny bit out of the container. It was pretty annoying. Now I’ve discovered my new wife also scrapes every last tiny morsel out of the container. It kind of drives me crazy. What should I do?
– Dave D. from Miramar Beach
It’s funny the things that bug us. It can be something big or something really small, but the outcome is the same. It’s annoying.
I’m also a yogurt scraper, and like me, she probably loves that yogurt so much she isn’t even aware she’s doing all that scraping. Or it could just be a habit while she’s thinking about something else. I’m sure she’s not worrying about whether or not she’s wasting food—we’re talking about such a miniscule amount of yogurt it couldn’t possibly be that. Like me, it’s probably just her savoring every last delicious taste of the yogurt. Do you eat yogurt, Dave? If you did, I’m sure you would understand what I’m talking about.
The issue, though, is what should you do? Nothing. Let her enjoy her yogurt. Leave the room. Put on headphones. Find something you like that you can scrape right along with her. As a newlywed, Dave, you need to learn to pick your battles, and this one seems like a pass to me. So good luck and happy scraping to you both!
Dawn Bright is an eternal optimist. And that’s pretty much all you need to know about her. Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.