Staying physically is extremely important for seniors. Many studies found that the benefits of staying active into your old age include preventing disease, diabetes, as well as many other health problems. It has also been linked to lessening the chances of encountering depression and other cognitive issues.
Those over 65 years should be active for at least 150 minutes each week. Unfortunately, less than 20 percent of seniors achieve this amount of time every week. It is critical for all senior to understand that the health benefits that an active lifestyle brings can be accessed as soon as you start exercising.
Over and above the physical benefits, being involved in sports as you age can also increase your social connections and combat the feelings of isolation. Sports are often best enjoyed when played against others with a similar skill level but that can sometimes be difficult as we age, with mobility and other ailments interfering with our activities.
The best sports for seniors include:
Golf is a popular sport among senior because it is both a fun challenge, as well as a great way to interact with friends and stay active. It has long been a way for seniors to stay active as it is not hard on the knees. Golfing has also been a way to improve focus or concentration in older adults.
This sport is ideal because it is a low-impact activity for the body. Plus, badminton can be played on indoor courts no matter what the season, meaning it can be played all-year long.
This sport is a favorite among seniors because it encourages social interaction, as well as intense focus. It is an easy way to stay fit without over-stressing your body.
This sport has similar benefits to lawn bowling. It is a moderate sport that you can play competitively anywhere that can enhance social connections as well as help individuals stay active.
Although a primarily winter sport, curling can be played all-year round in most North American communities. It is a great fitness activity that enables older individuals to be involved in competitive sport that has social and physical rewards.
This is also an activity that can be enjoyed year-round. Bowling is also a multi-person game and is another great way to encourage socialization while staying active. Most bowling alleys offer seniors nights as well.
By engaging in physical activity each week, seniors can reap the benefits of a more active lifestyle. Benefits can include sleeping better, feeling better, and even thinking better. The advantages to maintaining an active lifestyle are well worth the time and energy spent exercising
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