There is a lot of emphasis on how important it is to keep your mind active as you get older, but often the physical needs of your body are forgotten or neglected. This doesn’t have to be the case, however, as there are many fantastic sports and activities for seniors to enjoy no matter their age. It’s a great way to get out and meet people too because sports are very social activities – particularly if you join a club. There are so many options, and here are just five of the best sports and physical activities for seniors.
Walking and Hiking
Joining a group or just getting out on your own with something simple like walking or hiking is a fantastic option. It’s almost free (other than maybe the cost of some sturdy shoes) and offers a low-impact activity that is also quite low risk in terms of injury. It also doesn’t matter how fit or unfit you are, you can adjust the intensity level to suit your personal fitness level. Perhaps your assisted living facility like Belmont Village already has a group you can join!
Golf is another option you can enjoy no matter your fitness level. You can spend the day walking around the course, or if you picture golf and think of vast amounts of open land and a lot of walking and it terrifies you, think again! Hire a golf cart from the clubhouse and you’ll be enjoying the sport and the fresh air without too much physical effort. There is a learning curve involved and getting started can be a little bit pricey with the equipment needed, but it’s a rewarding sport!
If you’re looking for something that is almost a no-impact sport, then swimming is for you. For those who suffer from conditions like arthritis, you’ll find swimming a wonderful way to get some physical exercise in without stressing your joints too much – and it’ll have the added benefit of increasing your fitness and heart health. It’s also an activity that you can customise the amount of effort you’re putting in by the intensity of the workouts you choose – so it’s perfect for seniors in almost every sense of the word.
The quintessential seniors’ sport is a wonderful option too, and there’s a good reason it’s so popular with seniors. Not only does it help with things like balance and coordination, but it also provides a really good amount of exercise thanks to the hefty bowling balls and a decent amount of walking around. It’s also really social, so it can fulfill the need for physical activity and provide some social time with friends and new people. Just don’t get too competitive and remember it’s just a game!
If you’re looking for a way to get moving and enjoy some active time in your senior years, why not contact some of the local sports clubs in your area that offer these options and have a go at something active and new. You never know how much you might enjoy it!