As you age, it is important that you stay active even if it is just for a small time period. It can be hard to decide what sports are good for your age and health. It is good to assess where you are with exercise before you exert yourself too much, so start off slow. Below are some activities that are great for seniors.
Swimming is great exercise for any age. Even if you are just going for a leisurely dip, swimming strengthens muscles and keeps your lungs healthy. Many assisted living homes and community centers offer water aerobics classes which are great for exercise. They work muscles you probably didn’t know could be worked out and you will get great exercise.
Shuffleboard is often overlooked as good exercise, but it is a fun game for seniors and provides great physical activity. There are many different ways that this can be performed, you can play one on one or two on two and you can even play in a tournament. Just grab your friends and form a group to play shuffleboard. You will definitely get exercise while having a great time.
Bowling is great because it promotes healthy competition and is fun at the same time. You are probably thinking about how heavy a bowling ball is, but the truth is they have siz3es and weights for people of all ages, so do not be discouraged by the weight. If you gather enough people to your bowling escapade, bowling is a great way to bond with your friends.
What is pickle ball? Pickle ball is a net game that is played with a racket and a large whiffle ball. Essentially, it is tennis or Ping-Pong with a larger ball that is played by men and women of all ages. The game can be picked up very quickly. It is less stressful on the joints than other racquet sports.
For anyone who has bad joints, bike riding is a great sport. It is less harsh on your joints that running or many other sports. It can also be very relaxing due to the wind in your hair and the beautiful scenery that can come with a bike ride. One downside to riding a bike is that it is rather expensive, but the good news is that you can rent or buy a used bike for pretty good prices.
I hope that these sports have persuaded you to become more active. If you have any questions about living situations that may have these types of activities, contact Senior Living Advisors at 720-458-1392!
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