Just because you’re over the hill doesn’t mean you have to slow down. Nor does it mean you need to take to any “old people” stereotypes either.
That’s not to say some of the cliché activities might be a lot of fun (don’t knock ‘em ‘til ya try ‘em). We just know that some folks would prefer some more exciting ways they can stay active in old age.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control commends it, too! They say that an increase in activity can help you live longer and improve your quality of life. So, if you’re looking for some new ways to be more physically active, why not try one of these suggestions?
Working as a volunteer can have a profound impact on one’s life at any age. (We once knew a woman who traveled to Honduras with the Peace Corps when she was 79!)
Not only does it make you feel good about yourself, it can significantly help those in need as well. Of course, we’re not suggesting you run off and join the Peace Corps (unless you feel that’s your calling). There are opportunities aplenty, even in your own local community. Plus, it’s good to start small.
Look got opportunities through your public library or a local nonprofit organization. Alternatively, churches, hospitals, schools, museums, theatres, community gardens, and animal rescue groups also have volunteer work available.
If you have the time, you’ll soon find opportunities are everywhere.
Foster a Pet
We already mentioned perhaps volunteering for an animal rescue group. You might also consider taking that a step further and adopting a foster dog.
Dogs require a certain amount of stimulation that can help motivate you to stay active. But that’s not the only upside. Keeping a pet can also help lower stress levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol, too.
Take Swim Classes
A truly fantastic way to stay healthy, active, and fit without the risk of overexertion or possible injury is swimming. It can decrease your risks for chronic illnesses and also help relieve arthritis pain. It also improves bone and joint health and, on top of everything else, it can also help boost your mood.
Lots of community centers and health clubs offer special classes and time slots just for seniors as well. From simply swimming laps to participating in water aerobics classes, there are lots of ways to enjoy the pool.
Rather than highlight a single outdoor activity, we thought we’d simply suggest getting outside and breathing some fresh air.
There are so many activities that involve being outside – from bird watching to gardening, fishing, and so many more. Even if you just go for regular walks, outdoor activities are a fantastic way to keep your energy levels up.
If you’re looking for a more social way to enjoy the great outdoors, see if there’s a local outdoors club. You’ll likely find there are lots of other folks who enjoy the same activities as you.