If you are an older person and doing routines at home is not your thing, maybe you should try doing a sport or signing up in a group class or activity. These are fun ways to do the recommended amount of time of physical activity per week, while you meet new people and learn new things. In this article we will show you 6 options of sports and activities for seniors.
Walking is a very good option for beginners. It is simple, free and the perfect excuse to get out of the house and get some fresh air and sun. Make sure to use comfortable shoes that offer support when walking.
Make this part of your routine and if you want to make it more interesting, you can establish time or distance goals. You can also listen to music or a podcast while walking, or you can visit different places and parks.
Dancing is a great way to exercise. It is really fun and there are a lot of options. Search for affordable options and places that have group classes near you. If you are in wheelchair, there are places that offer classes for you as well.
Once you find a good place, choose the style of your preference. Zumba is a great choice because it is a fitness style of dance that uses Latin music and it is easy to follow. Or maybe you are into other styles, like salsa, tango or jazz. No matter what you choose, if in the first class you don’t feel comfortable or you are a little disappointed, keep exploring and trying other styles!
Cycling is a great activity to do outdoors. Choose traffic-free areas to do it, like your local park and start moving.
If you don’t own a bicycle, it is not necessary to buy a brand new one; you can buy it second-handed and save some money. There are cities in which you can rent a bicycle for a couple dollars, so do your research and maybe you won’t even have to buy one.
A good thing about cycling is that you can use it as your mean of transportation. Instead of taking the bus, you can use your bike to go to work, go to the mall o visit a friend.
Swimming is a very good option among our list of sports and activities for seniors because it involves your whole body. This kind of exercise is great for those who have pain or conditions like arthritis, because it does not place pressure on the joints and water can be relaxing.
Ask in your local pool about the options you have, they usually offer classes for beginners if you don’t know how to swim and they usually have different age groups.
- Yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates
These activities are very good to improve your flexibility, strength, balance and breathing. They are usually offered as small group classes in leisure centers, health clubs, parks and hospitals. These activities are also a good option to relieve stress and they are considered as low-impact forms of exercise.
- Tennis or badminton
These sports are very popular among the elders because they are considered as aerobic activities with a moderate intensity. Playing badminton or tennis can help strengthen the heart muscle, limit the risk of blood vessels clogging and help to increase the levels of HDL good cholesterols.
These sports are a great choice for competitive people and they are offered at different sport centers at affordable prices, with indoors and outdoors courts, and many of them provide the equipment, so you don’t have to buy it.