Have you been a person living an active lifestyle? If so, then why are you stopping that lifestyle now that you are 60, 70, or 80 years old? Does old age warrant a sedentary lifestyle? Definitely, no! Remember that age is just a number. You can still maintain an active lifestyle without hurting yourself.
Here are some healthy, fun, and awesome activities that can be enjoyed by elderly alike:
Cool Activities for Senior Citizens
Let’s start at the simple yet healthy exercise that we all know ever since we were able to stand on our own two feet—walking. Walking around the neighborhood, the beach, the city park, or anywhere else for that matter is an excellent way to start or end your day. If walking seems too boring for you, combine it with another activity such as bird watching, people watching, or geocaching.
Many communities, both urban and rural, have bikeways where you can pedal along. Biking is a wholesome and healthy activity; you can go at a leisurely speed or pump up your pedals for a dose of adrenaline. Don’t fret if you don’t have a bike. Most cities have rent-a-bike services where you can rent a bicycle for a few hours for a minimal fee.
Many athletes consider swimming as the best exercise at it works out every part of your body. Why don’t you put this in your list of activities? It doesn’t matter if you’re doing vigorous laps or simply dogpaddling at your favorite beach, pool, or lake. Swimming increases circulation, tones your body, and makes you feel great. It is also an ideal exercise for you if you’re suffering from arthritis because the activity does not put pressure on your joints.
Tennis is a perfect sport for people who are 50 years or older. According to Cleveleand Clinic, a person can burn 400 to 600 calories in a single tennis match. Tennis develops your coordination, stamina, endurance, and agility.
Don’t ever think that it’s too late for you to be hitting the gym and pump iron. Many folks over 50 have considered weightlifting and weight training, and the activity has since become very popular for this age group. No, you don’t have to be a competitive bodybuilder, but you can still look ripped, lean, and hot for your age! But more than that, weightlifting strengthens your bone density and increases muscle mass, which, in turn, prevents slips, falls, accidents, and injuries. However, do consult with a professional physical fitness trainer who can give you the right exercise program.
Feel good with the beat! Ballroom dancing, line dancing, folk dancing, and tap dancing is not just enjoyable but healthy too. Add zumba, aero-dancing, and other fast-paced dance exercises too. Aside from the physical and health benefits of the activity, there are social benefits too. Have fun as you meet up and make friends with senior citizens who love to dance with the beat.
Don’t just stay at home and become a couch potato. Live, play, and let go! Life is too short to grumble on old age.