Sport and Activities for Older Adults
Posted on: 16 October 2014 by William Freddy Hope
On another note from my last post about 60+ fitness...Sport is for everyone, not just the young and super fit. If you’re trying to find a way of getting more exercise, then the following activities could be for you, and they’re in order of least to most strenuous so you can work out which is best for you.
You’ll need to walk a fair amount to get all of your exercise in – simply nipping to the shops won’t do it, but this is ideal for those who live close to beautiful scenery. The NHS recommends that people aged 65 and over should do around two and a half hours of exercise each week, so aim for two 75 minute hikes and you’ll have met your weekly goal in no time. Remember to get yourself a good pair of walking shoes, as this will have a significant impact on your comfort, and poor shoes can cause joint strain.
Lots of people love to dance, and if you’ve got a local hall that hosts dance evenings, then this is a great way of keeping your heart healthy. Just one evening of dance can count towards most of your recommended weekly exercise, especially if you’re doing an energetic form. It’s a chance to learn something new too, and you don’t need to be competitive if you don’t want. This is probably the best option for most older adults, as it’s social, fun and works the whole body.
Singles tennis is great fun, and most towns will have a court available to rent. Find a partner and make this a regular activity. Tennis does require a little more flexibility and athleticism than the previous two, but you can take things at your own pace. Badminton is an option if you want to slow things down.
Probably not something that comes to mind, but there are actually now quite a few companies who offer dedicated skiing to over 60s. A specialist instructor will teach you all you need to know, and make sure that you’re safe out on the slopes. This is an activity for the adventurous, but there’s no denying that this is also a great workout. With ski slopes to be found all over the country, you can even make it a regular thing. All you need is some skiing equipment and someone willing to go with you.