7 Sports That’ll Keep You Active Over 60
Staying active over 60 is particularity important. Typically, becoming more inactive is a product of ageing. Did you know that less than one-third of adults over the age of 60 regularly exercise? This is a worrying statistic and, as we all know, too little exercise can contribute towards many health issues.
Exercise is great for keeping fit, and there are hundreds of different ways of staying active. Some are more strenuous than others and some require training and stamina. If you're over 60 and looking for the best sports and types of exercises to keep you active then your in the right place. We're going to give you a break down of the top 7 which are suitable for the more senior wannabe-exercisers.
1 - Pilates
Pilates is great for almost any age because it's intensity can be tailored. It's particularly great for those over the age of 60 because it's quite gentle in nature, also it can be done either at home or in classes. If you're not 100% sure what Pilates involves, it's pretty much working on a mat and consists of no weight bearing exercise much like most other sports have.
"Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and well-being. Pilates exercises are done on a mat or using special equipment, such as the Reformer, the Cadillac and Wunda Chair. With its system of pulleys and springs, handles and straps, the apparatus can provide either resistance or support, depending on your needs." - NHS
Pilates is popular among older people because of the no weight bearing factor, so you're less prone to injuries through it. It also greatly improves mobility and balance as well as straightening the core muscles.
2 - Swimming
Swimming is the perfect sport to try out if you're over 60 and love the water! Not only does this sport involve no weight bearing or strenuous elements, but it's easy for beginners and even the more experienced swimmers.
Swimming is a great workout for the cardiovascular system and gets the heart rate really pumping. Cardio workouts improve stamina and also increases the heart and lungs strength. Cardio workouts are proven to be the most effective type of exercise and burn the most calories so if weight-loss is something you're interested in, always look towards cardio-heavy sports.
You can check out this website to find you nearest local pool.
3 - Walking
This is something that anyone can do, and it's great because you don't even realise your exercising and burning calories whilst doing it! Walking is the perfect exercise to take up if you're less mobile and don't wish to take part in fast and hard exercises.
It's also perfect for those who love the outdoors and seeing the landscape. If you don't fancy going out for long walks on your own, try doing it with friends or even join a local walking club!
4 - Cycling
Cycling is another amazing activity that gets the cardiovascular system working hard! Depending on the level of cycling and the amount of time spent doing it, some serious calories can be burnt.
Not only is cycling great in this aspect but it works the legs and lower half of the body. Perhaps if you're looking to increase your exercise levels, consider replacing short car journeys with cycling.
5 - Badminton
Badminton is a more skilled form of exercise and is great fun for keeping active over 60! There's multiple clubs and societies in local areas that older people can join, even beginners.
Badminton is an overall body work out and improves balance, coordination and also works the mind because it gets you thinking about the next move to make and what you're opponent is going to do next.
6 - Tai Chi
This gentle exercise can help to improve balance and help to prevent falls, similarly to pilates. It involves a mixture of deep breathing and flowing movements. It can help to remove stress, improve balance, posture and mobility.
Tai Chi is a great low impact exercise that is enjoyed by people of all ages.
7 - Golf
Last but not least, Golf! Another perfect sport that involves lots of walking to keep you active over 60! Golf can be taken up by people of all ages, however is generally popular among older people because of the fact it's a sport that takes a lot of time and retiree's can dedicate this time to playing.
Although it requires some skill it definitely doesn't mean it's not for beginners. Look into playing a few rounds at a local club and seeing how you get on, you'll be surprised how much exercise is involved walking from hole to hole.