Senior-friendly activities to get in shape for 2013
Like most other Americans, your new year’s resolution was probably to lose weight or add more exercise into your life. This is the time when fitness clubs get an influx of new members. Most health clubs now offer classes geared to older adults, and several health-care plans include gym memberships as a benefit.
But for some, a gym membership is out of the budget, not your thing, or makes you uncomfortable. There are other great ways for seniors to get in shape physically, socially, and spiritually. Oh, and you just may have fun too!
Walking—this can be done anywhere anytime, alone, with a friend, or in a walking group.
Dancing—whether it’s ballroom, tap, square, or folk, you’ll work up a sweat!
Cycling—ride along with the grandkids or along a beautiful path at a park or beach.
Swimming—swim laps or attend a water aerobics class.
Gardening—enjoy the outdoors and nature. You benefit even more by growing your own fruit or vegetables.
Sports--tennis, golf, basketball, bowling, badminton, etc.
Whether you prefer to work out alone, in a group, or with one other person, the idea is to find an activity you enjoy so you’re more likely to stick with it. Inquire with your local senior center, community college, or community center for what new classes or activities they’re offering. Find your passion, try something new, or return to an activity you used to love.