What are popular sports for senior citizens to play?
I've played sports all my life, but now that I'm a senior citizen and less active, I'm wondering what are good sports for seniors to participate in.Tweet
Answered by Senior.Housing.Advisor Wednesday Apr 18th 2012
Many seniors have grown up playing sports and do not want to let age stop them from sporting activities. Sports provide a fun way to get your body moving and make exercise more enjoyable for seniors. Not all sports are best for senior citizens, but here is a list of some top ranked sports for the active senior:
- Golf: Golf is very popular among the senior citizens. This sport combines walking, fresh air, and sunshine. If you opt to walk the course rather than drive a cart, you will get an even better workout. The great benefit of golfing is that it can be paced out to whatever pace you are comfortable with.
- Freshwater Fishing: Fishing can offer peace and tranquility, but can also be a good workout for your arms and torso. For added exercise, try your hand at fly fishing.
- Swimming: Swimming is a great way to exercise without added strain on your joints. The resistance provided by the water gives you a great full body workout.
- Bowling: You can most likely find a senior bowling group near you. There are recreational leagues as well as competitive ones for those seniors who like to keep the competitive edge.
- Cycling: Cycling offers a great full body workout. There are many cycling races around the country with categories for senior citizens. If you are afraid of injuring yourself on a regular bike you can always try stationary cycling.
- Tennis: If you are more on the active and competitive side, tennis is a great sport for you. There are many senior citizen tennis leagues around the country.
- Pickleball: If you love tennis, but it is a little tough on your body, you might want to look into finding a pickleball court near you. Pickleball is similar to tennis, but played on a smaller court with a wiffleball. It combines skills from tennis, badminton, and table tennis.
- Middleball: This new sport played with a beach ball and a net in an enclosed court such as a racquetball or squash court. It is similar to volleyball, but can be enjoyed by seniors and as well as people of all ages.