What can help keep us from aging to some degree, is exercise. Lord knows that if you retire and become a bonbon-eating CSI & Yellowstone-binger, it won’t be long before you need to address some health issues, right? So, to delay or minimize the inevitable, you must get your butt off the couch and start regular exercise.
When our parents and grandparents retired, what exercise options did they have? Maybe it was Walking, swimming, tennis, golf, and fishing. Today, more opportunities have been significantly increased and improved. Here are some of the most popular activities for retirees but remember that many are available in active retirement communities.
- Water aerobics is a popular fitness activity that is in many retirements’ communities
- Lap swimming is another popular form of exercise for both the young and old
- Other water sports are water volleyball, joining a swim team, snorkeling, and scuba diving
- There is also kayaking, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, sea kites, surfing, etc.
- Tennis has been around for ages, and you have all levels available. plus, there are many local leagues
- Pickleball has taken America by storm! Enjoy indoor/outdoor year-round and many leagues
- Other hardcourt sports include paddleball, squash, ping-pong, bocce ball and badminton
If your retirement community has a fitness center, it will likely coordinate numerous fitness classes for the residents. They could include aerobics, Jazzercize, tai chi, step aerobics, spin classes, Zumba, Pilates, kickboxing, hot yoga, pole dancing, cross-training, and more.
- The most requested amenity in a retirement community is not a golf course or pool. It is a sidewalk or walking trail!
- Many folks love to walk, run, or wog (a combination of walking and jogging)
- Hiking is also an excellent activity for people of all ages, as is birdwatching and fishing
- Dancing? Did someone say dancing? Whether it’s the jitterbug, Shagging, polka, or line dancing, there is hardly a more fun exercise. Get out on the dance floor now or join a dance club and take some boogie-woogie dance lessons!
Today’s list of mind sports is ever-increasing, and many can be done solo or in a group. These activities are critical for aging seniors, for if you don’t use your brain matter, it honestly will turn to mush. Choices include Bunco, mahjong, bridge, poker, canasta, sudoku, Scrabble, jigsaw puzzles, etc.
You don’t have to exercise alone these days! There are many ways to join a local club in the area with access to team sports – excellent exercise and a great social venue. They include tennis, golf, walking, running, hiking, softball, baseball, and pickleball. If you don’t plan on exercising in your retirement years, you are almost certainly reducing your time remaining on this planet. Exercise is not only great for your body but great for your mind as well.
Ready to get started on that retirement dream home to the coast of North Carolina? Carolina Plantations can help that dream come true. Plenty of communities have so many different things to do that you’ll forget you retired!