Sports Activities that Benefit the Elderly

Getting older is not easy for a number of reasons. The problem is that while general health is faltering, people are doing less and less to be in shape, because they feel less and less energetic. It all becomes an unhealthy loop that generates more stress and more health problems. Studies show that people over 65 spend most of their waking hours sitting down, in front of the TV or lying in bed and this leads to serious health issues. Even if it may seem like a hard thing to do, as a senior, you need to start moving, because this way you will be healthier, you will feel better and you will require less medical attention that costs a lot of money. Here are some ideas on what kind of activities to get involved in if you are in your senior years and you want to be healthier and happier.

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Walking

Starting out is the hardest thing to do, but also the easiest! It is obviously not recommended to jump into strenuous physical activity since that will bring you more harm than good. It is always advisable to consult your doctor before getting involved in more demanding physical activities, but the good news that there is something you can do that you do not have to ask permission for. Walking is the easiest way to start moving as a senior, in order to improve your health. Maybe you don’t think that this qualifies as a sports activity, but this is how you should start. Walking at a moderate pace can work wonders for both your body and your mood. After a while, you can start walking faster and that will help you even more. Soon enough, you will notice how you no longer breathe with difficulty after climbing one flight of stairs.

 

Cycling

A lot of seniors enjoy cycling and you can enjoy it, too. It is not a physically strenuous activity and you can set your own pace. It is also a lot of fun, and the best opportunity to get out of the house. This is something you can enjoy with your spouse and your friends, and it is an occasion to bond some more with those you know. Reducing social isolation is very important for the elderly, and joining a cycling club will bring you in contact with new people.

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Fishing

What can be more rewarding than catching your own food, through skill and the right equipment? If you are thinking about fishing as the kind of activity where you just sit on a chair all day, you are wrong. Fishing is the type of low impact workout that will keep you happy and in shape. When the fish bites, you will be challenged to rise up to the task, and you will be the one to bring it to the shore. Also, you may have to move around between fishing places so you will have some walking to do, as well.

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Golfing

Another low impact activity that is a good fit for the elderly is golfing. Golf courses are large stretches of land, with gentle hills and plenty of challenges. Just walking around from one hole to another will give you plenty of workout and, since a golf match can last for at least several hours, you will spend a lot of time out of the house, enjoying yourself.

 

Swimming

It is often recommended for the elderly to take up swimming as a gentle physical activity that keeps them in shape. Swimming is ideal for improving circulation, and the best part is that it is not hard on your joints. This is why even people with arthritis can try it with tremendous results.

 

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