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10 Best Sports for Seniors

Staying young at heart while keeping your heart healthy can sometimes be a challenge for seniors. But these two things run hand-in-hand and can easily be fulfilled through exercise and sports.

Exercise also helps seniors maintain their weight, maintain mobility, reduce their risk of cancer and heart disease, and improve their mental health.

Finding exercises doesn’t have to be a massive process for seniors to figure out. Sports encourage social interactions and are a great way for seniors to get physical activity. Once a senior finds a sport that they deem enjoyable, they can participate in it regularly.

It’s best to keep physical abilities and medical conditions in mind when choosing a sport. Here are 12 sports that are a great match for seniors:

10 Best Sports for Seniors

  1. Swimming

Water exercises reduce impact on the joints, making swimming a perfect activity for seniors. Swimming can help to improve cardiovascular health along with muscular strength.

  1. Tai Chi

Tai Chi involves gentle, fluid movements; it’s a very low impact activity. It can help with aerobic capacity, muscle strength, blood pressure, and flexibility. Additionally, it helps improve balance, which gives seniors a reduced risk of falling.

  1. Yoga

Yoga is another low-impact activity. When doing yoga regularly, it can improve balance and strength. It also helps reduce stress and depression, due to its relaxation properties.

  1. Bocce Ball

Bocce ball is a low-impact sport that emphasizes on mental strategies and socialization. This activity requires teamwork, and is a good match for seniors because it can be enjoyed by those with disabilities as well.

  1. Shuffleboard

Shuffleboard is a low-impact activity that can be learned quickly and allow skills and strategies to be continually improved. It provides mental stimulation and socialization for seniors of all abilities and skill levels.

  1. Dancing

Dancing is not only fun, but it can provide numerous health benefits for seniors. It can improve energy levels, reduce the risk of heart disease, improve memory and mood, and improve balance. Seniors with limited capabilities can try chair dancing, which is a seated exercise, or line dancing, which is low impact and low stress on joints.

  1. Tennis or Badminton

Both tennis and badminton help to improve hand eye coordination, along with balance. These two sports are slightly more fast-paced than others, so it might not be a good fit for all seniors.

  1. Croquet

Croquet requires light activity, which is a good fit for seniors who need a slower activity. It helps to improve mental focus and also encourages socialization.

  1. Golf

Golf gets your joints moving through swinging the club in a wide range of motion. It also helps to improve focus and mental strategy skills.

  1. Bowling

Bowling promotes balance and coordination, and is a good workout for seniors due to the weight of the bowling ball.  It is also a great social sport which fosters positive mental health and friendly competition.

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