So, you’re officially a senior. Does that mean you should start playing bingo, take up knitting, and eat dinner at 4 p.m.? Nah, not necessarily – not that those can’t be fun activities, of course. Some folks are simply looking for more exciting ways to stay active. And according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that’s a good thing. The CDC says that increasing your activity can improve your quality of life and help you live longer.
If you’re looking for new ways to increase your physical activity, we’ve got some great suggestions for you.
Swimming is a great way to stay active, healthy, and fit without overexerting or potentially injuring yourself. It can improve your health, decrease the risks of chronic illnesses, and help relieve the aches and pains of osteoarthritis. Plus, it improves joint and bone health and is a bona fide mood booster, too.
Many community and health club pools have special classes and time slots allocated for seniors, too.
Adopt a Pet
Different pets provide different types of stimulation, but many of them also require you to be fairly active. Plus, pets can provide you with certain comforts, too, like lowering stress and increasing serotonin production. They may even reduce your blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and help safeguard against certain heart conditions.
Dogs are a great active pet, as are backyard birds like ducks and chickens that require a daily routine. We suggest doing some research into what type of pet and which breed pet is right for you.
Take up Dancing
Want to lower your risk of dementia? According to several studies, ballroom dancing can have several positive effects on your health. In at least one, the activity was even associated with a lower risk for dementia. Additionally, it helps improve balance, reduce the risk of falling, and it’s a great form of exercise, too.
Become a Volunteer
Volunteer work can not only enrich your life, it also helps many others as well. Seek out opportunities to make a difference in your community via your public library or a local nonprofit organization. Other establishments that may offer volunteer work include churches, schools, hospitals, theatres, museums community gardens, and animal rescue groups. Opportunities really are everywhere, so if you’ve got the free time, why not reach out and get involved?
There are countless activities you can do that involve spending time in the great outdoors. From birdwatching to botany or even just going for a walk, outdoor activities are a great way to stay active. While your doctor might advise against mountain climbing or extreme sports, there are plenty of activities you can enjoy. You may even find an outdoors club in your hometown.