You might have heard 40 is the new 20, well it could also be said that 80 is the new 60. From innovative companies and new adaptions of well-loved sports, seniors are more active than ever. Now that the weather is improving, it’s even more reason to get outdoors after being inside for most of the winter. Even if you don’t feel quite like the fountain of youth hit you, you can likely still take part in plenty of activities below, as well as the top best sports for seniors according to elevator company, Stiltz.
Does it seem unlikely to be throwing balls down an alley in retirement? Not at all! Not only does bowling keep you young, come with a fair amount of sitting, and limited walking, it’s social. Bowling clubs can help seniors become more involved with the community in a pleasant way. When you look at bowling as a sport, you can quickly see that it promotes good balance as well as a good bit of competition. Coordination is key, ensuring that you can keep more than just your social skills sharp.
Who doesn’t love a little sway and the confidence that comes with a good dance? Find a partner or join a class and get to break out the old moves. Dancing works a massive range of muscle groups while delivering a cardio workout as well. As a sport it is quite competitive and available in a variety of different formats. Additionally, the health benefits make it too good to pass up. You can improve your memory, balance, mood and even lower your chances of heart disease.
If you don’t want the association of particular sports for the elderly such as shuffleboard or gold, try Bocce Ball. Seniors with disabilities can play as well as anyone else, and it’s strategic, keeping your mind well-honed and your body in shape. Learning to play does come with a bit of a learning curve. The game comes from ancient times so some of the rules can be a little difficult to manage at first. Ultimately, the game is soothing and competitive. It will get you and a few friends outdoors for a few hours and is played as a team sport.
A leisure sport that you can scale to your level of comfort. For exceptionally active and adventurous seniors, head out into the open waters for deep sea fishing. Chase after Marlin and other game fish while getting a healthy dose of salty sea air. For those who prefer to stay close to home, head for the lake. Fly fishing and bass fishing are both popular sports with a strong following. You can follow your game on TV while also putting in a few hours weekly. This isn’t a sport to just sit and watch. Get some time outdoors. Some seniors love the quiet time that it brings, while others see it as a chance to get out of the house.
Like yoga, but far more fun, Tai Chi uses slow movements to work out your entire body. Improve your balance, tactility and mental focus as you follow the movements through a class. Tai Chi is also known for improving joint health, and heart health as added benefits.