Are you retired or recently retired and looking to get back into sport? There are many ideal sports for keeping active that also provide a social aspect.
As we get older our bodies and fitness levels change and you might be more aware of the risk of injury. However, this should not stop you from trying a new activity. You can start slowly and build towards spending more time doing sport.
1. Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a fantastic low-impact activity that involves gentle movements. No fancy equipment is needed so it’s easy to get started. Tai Chi is great for helping to improve your balance, flexibility and muscle strength.
Dancing is not only a great form of exercise, it’s also a lot of fun! Dancing is one of the most enjoyable ways to get your body moving and there are so many styles to try. It can improve memory and mood and, if you have limited balance, you can try seated dance dancing.
Golf is a great exercise to get your joints moving. Swinging a club requires a wide range of motion. The social aspect of golf is extremely beneficial and the concentration involved in the game helps improve your focus and overall wellbeing. An extra benefit are all of the stunning golf courses you will be able to try.
4. Lawn Bowls
Lawn bowls promotes balance and coordination and is a great workout due to the weight of bowls and the walking required. It’s also a great social sport with many friendly competitions that take place all over Australia. Lawn bowls also has many aids available if bending or lifting becomes difficult.
5. Walking soccer
Walking soccer is a great team sport that minimises the stress on joints and risk of injury the traditional form of soccer brings. This low impact sport can improve mobility and lower blood pressure, plus is a great social activity.