You may not be able to run laps anymore like you did when you were 20 years old; but if you’re up for a challenge (and some laughs), here are some senior-friendly sports that will keep your mind sharp while keeping your body strong:
Golf is an excellent option because it’s low-impact and easy on your joints. It’s also a perfect way to stay active and social, which is essential as you age. If you’re interested in trying golf with your spouse or partner, here are some tips:
- Consider taking lessons together to learn the basics of the sport before you play golf together.
- Be sure that whoever is driving knows where everything is located on the course ahead of time, so there aren’t any surprises when navigating around obstacles like trees or ponds!
Tai Chi and Yoga
In Tai Chi, movements are performed slowly to music or soft chanting. The aim is to improve strength, balance, and flexibility in your body through gentle movement patterns, including stances with arms raised high over your head or low by your sides. Yoga poses are designed to stretch muscles while improving concentration on the breath so you can relax deeply into each pose before moving on to the next one. Both practices have many benefits:
- Reduce stress
- Reduce joint pain from arthritis or other causes
- Prevent falls with balance and strength
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase energy levels
- Improve moods
- Improve circulation
Hiking and Walking in Nature
Hiking is a low-impact activity that can help you stay fit, improve balance and coordination, develop strength and endurance, and relieve stress and anxiety. If you’re not sure where to start with hiking or walking in general, here are some tips:
- Start slowly! Walking or hiking briskly is one way to increase your cardiovascular health while boosting muscle strength gradually.
- Find trails near you! You can find routes online or through apps such as “Strava” or “Google Maps” by searching for nearby parks or green spaces that have walking paths suitable for seniors like yourself (or even for anyone).
Water aerobics, also called water exercise, is a low-impact exercise that can be done in the water. It’s suitable for people with trouble with balance or knee pain because you don’t have to bend your knees as much as on land. You might be wondering how aquatic therapy benefits your health. It can help build strength, which improves stability and mobility in seniors who are experiencing joint problems like arthritis.
Enjoy Sports With Us
Many folks in their golden years are looking for ways to stay active and care for themselves. Sports are a great way to achieve physical and mental health and spend quality time with your spouse. Enjoy sports with our senior living amenities. If you have any questions regarding retirement communities, contact us today!