50 Ways to Stay Well #37- Curling

I first started curling a couple years ago when a girlfriend asked me. I’m always up for anything that gets me off the couch and moving. A year later, I forced Ryan to  start a team with me and he was so reluctant at first and now? He’s obsessed! He’s even the volunteer ice guy at our small town curling club this year. We’ve gotten a lot of people to come try it and they wind up really liking it. And who wouldn’t? It’s active, it’s social, it’s fun and it’s something to do on a cold, dark winter night. Did I mention it usually involved a drink or two? Ha ha!

Reasons to Try Curling

(Source: Canadian Immigrant)

  1. Curling is inclusive sport and can be played by anyone at any age and of any ability. Unlike many organized sports, you don’t have to have a high level of physical activity to be able to play. It’s even possible for someone in a wheelchair to participate in curling by using a delivery stick.
  2. Curling is inexpensive. A full-year membership at a big city club costs around $400 while a smaller city club may cost around $200 for a 20- to 24-week season. It also doesn’t require much equipment. To begin curling, all you need is a pair of rubber-soled shoes and loose-fitting pants like yoga or track pants. Clubs typically supply brooms and sliders for new players. Once you’re hooked on the game, you may wish to purchase curling shoes, which range in price from $50 to $350, and brooms, which can cost $40 to $250. The stones are always supplied by the club.
  3. Curling has physical health benefits. While you don’t need to be in terrific shape to be a good curler, the sport can get you moving. Sweeping is an excellent cardiovascular activity, and throwing the stone can help to improve your balance and hand-eye co-ordination.
  4. Curling is a social sport. Like any team sport, curling involves a great deal of camaraderie. There are four members on a curling team and you’ll play against another foursome. One of the key benefits of curling, especially for newcomers, is the diversity found in curling clubs.

Curling has been found to help women in rural settings fight seasonal depression. People in rural setting face poor road conditions, limited recreational resources, more isolation and therefore, higher rates of seasonal depression than average Canadians. Curling is a way to get them out, to socialize, and to be active.

So hurry! Hurry hard! Sign up for a beginner workshop or find a rec league now!

Resources

Lethbridge Curling Club

Articles

Here’s why you should try curling in Canada (Canadian Immigrant)

Curling helps fight seasonal depression for rural women (University of Waterloo)

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