It is not a secret that exercise is important for a healthy lifestyle that keeps us fit and active. This becomes even more important for older adults whose lives after retirement may become less active than before. Research has found that a moderate amount of exercise is beneficial in alleviating age-related illnesses such as depression and heart disease, as well as promoting the maintenance of a healthy muscle mass. However, there is a misconception that sports are only accessible to the young. There are many low-risk sports that older adults can partake in. Here are five that you can try:
The low entry barriers to running make it a great exercise to try; no equipment or particular skills are needed to pick it up. Although this is not recommended for older adults with conditions that require abstinence from physical exertion, such as heart problems, healthy individuals will find that running can provide many benefits.
Running can quickly strengthen the muscles in your legs and lower body and is one of the most popular cardio sports around. Ensure that you are prepared by donning proper, comfortable footwear, and avoid running if it is too hot or cold outside.
Gold is a sport that is generally low-risk and stimulating for the mind due to the use of coordination, memorization, and planning that goes into mastering the sport. Walking from one spot to the next offers a good way to engage in cardio exercise. For individuals who are unable to travel the distance on foot, gold courses often also have golf carts available for transportation.
Yoga is one of the lowest risk sports that one can attempt. It is popular for its calming effects and ease of practice, as well as its health benefits. Yoga is great for strengthening joints, improving flexibility, and alleviating anxiety. The variety of yoga poses means that you get to choose what works best for you and avoid those that do not. It can also be done anywhere – at home, in a class, or outdoors. It can even be practiced from a wheelchair.
Much like the regular version of this soccer sport, walking soccer adopts the same rules where participants have to direct a soccer ball into the net except this time, no running is allowed. This low-risk sport makes it fun and manageable for older adults who have limited mobility. It can also improve coordination and cardiovascular health without the risk of overexertion.
Sports in the Water
Aside from swimming, which can often be physically demanding, the pool also offers many ways to practice sports. Water sports such as water walking, water polo, and assisted swimming make use of the resistance of the water to strengthen muscles, hence protecting against conditions such as muscle deterioration, asthma, and arthritis. Water sports can be practiced individually at any recreational pool, or in an organized class with an instructor.
Sports are a great way to keep older adults fit and engaged with life. At Conservatory At North Austin, we believe in helping you achieve the level of fitness and partake in hobbies that you enjoy so that you may continue to lead a fruitful life post-retirement.