Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men over the age of 70 report that they never exercise. However, for seniors, staying active physically is just as important as staying active mentally. But as we all know, finding the motivation to exercise can be difficult. That is why choosing some recreational sports that you can play together with your friends and family is important to staying active. Here are five recreational sports that are great for seniors:
Swimming is one of the most healthy physical activities you can participate in, no matter what age! Whether it’s just going for a leisurely dip or doing more active water aerobics, swimming is a great way to both strengthen muscles and keep your lungs healthy.
The recreational benefits of shuffleboard are often overlooked, but this fun game that is great for seniors provides more physical activity that you might think. It can be played one-on-one or two-on-two and can even be enjoyable to play tournament style! If you can find a place to play this recreational sport, don’t hesitate to grab a couple of partners and get your shuffle on!
Bowling is a great recreational sport that provides healthy competition! Bowling balls come in a variety of weights and sizes so people of all ages and strengths can play. If you can gather enough people to play in teams, bowling can even be a great way to bond with your friends and family.
4. Table Tennis
Unlike tennis on a court, table tennis lets you have all the fun without as much of the physical strain. Hitting the ball back and forth table tennis is a great competitive sport, but also just a fun activity to do with a friend while you chat.
Not only is bike-riding fantastic exercise, it’s also a great way to get out in the sun and enjoy the outdoors. Take a ride to the park or along a nearby path – Oregon’s precious summer days should not be wasted!
Here at Middlefield Oaks we provide a variety of exercises and physical activities for our residents to participate in. What recreational sports do you enjoy playing?