SPORT AND EXERCISE
Activity is a wonderful thing. Our bodies were not designed to spend so much time in a sedentary position. This is even truer as we develop into more mature human beings. And sport of all sorts lets us continue to be active well into the third age of our lives.
THE INTERNET again opens doors to all manner of sports for old and young.
Many people play football or even rugby well into their forties. And new variants are developing suitable for those who no longer feel up to full contact sport such as TOUCH RUGBY and WALKING FOOTBALL.
In addition to the obvious sports like golf the INTERNATIONAL TENNIS FEDERATION has an impressive senior circuit and in the UK the LTA has a strong veterans’ circuit. This is replicated at a more modest CLUB LEVEL. Most tennis clubs have some groups of very active senior players.
Skiing is surprisingly a great sport as you get older and a way to be with your family. Here’s a GUIDE TO THE BEST SKI RESORTS IN EUROPE . And if you don’t fancy downhill skiing there’s CROSS COUNTRY SKIING .
And if you think you may be too old for martial arts check out THIS LINK. TAI CHI which is one of the softer martial arts verging on almost balletic exercise is one of the most suitable for older people.
Diving is a sport that is physically demanding but incredibly rewarding. PADI provides a series of courses and qualifications that take you through from beginner to expert. You can start in swimming pools to learn the basics and then progress to the real thing. We suggest that warm water diving may be a better experience for older people.
Riding is a sport that is suited to people of all ages – in the United States THE OLD PEOPLES RIDING CLUB caters for anybody over the age of 21.
If more leisurely but still quite demanding exercise is more your cup of tea then try this site for WALKING HOLIDAYS which are graded in accordance with experience and taste.
It seems the over 50’s are taking up all manner of extreme sports – but you might want to think about insurance – see THIS ARTICLE!
In more general terms for the less adventurous among us HEALTHDIRECT AUSTRALIA has some good advice on keeping fit as the years advance.
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