Staying healthy and active is one of the biggest challenges of retirement and senior sports offer a fun, engaging way to meet that challenge. Exercise is a vital part of staying healthy and mentally alert, but the prospect of exercise can seem both daunting and boring. A senior sport is a great way to make exercise something to look forward to, rather than something to dread.
A lot of seniors think senior sports are too dangerous. However, we have plenty of articles that bring to light sports and exercise myths about safety that simply aren’t true! There are plenty of sports that have zero contact with balls or hard surfaces; take water sports! Swimming, diving, aerobics and (inner tube) polo are all fun sports that are safe for seniors to participate in.
The free time you have as a retiree is a big asset in finding a way to engage in senior sports. Whether you’re building on the occasional tennis games you played while working, are picking up a sport you haven’t played since high school, or trying something completely new, you’ll have the time to pace yourself and get active in a way that will be both fun and sustainable in your senior lifestyle.
Don’t be afraid to start something new, or to dream big. Senior sports opportunities range from local beginner’s leagues to the senior Olympics; you should have no trouble finding a level of involvement that suits you.
Taking up a senior sport has many benefits – a fun way to get exercise, the pleasure of company, the thrill of competition, and the vitality and mental alertness that comes with being fit. Senior sports can become such a vital part of retirement that many people choose their retirement spot around their favorite sport – golf, surfing, skiing. You may not want to uproot yourself for a sport, but make sure you investigate the local senior sports scene. We guarantee there is something out there for you.