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Best Sports for Senior Athletes

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It’s proven that living an active lifestyle and participating in regular exercise can help lead to a longer and higher quality of life. But as we age, it can be harder and harder to get the right kind of physical activity necessary to combat the risk of heart disease and diabetes. That’s why we have three sports ideas that you can start at any age. Make sure you check in with your doctor or seek advice from professional senior care services in your area before you begin any strenuous activity.

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  1. Tennis

No matter your age, tennis is a fun and competitive sport that has many benefits for those in their later years. It especially is beneficial for cardiovascular health because the average person can burn between 400 and 600 calories per singles match. No wonder all of the pros are in such great shape! If you are looking for a way to burn calories and keep your heart pumping, then tennis is your game. Tennis is proven to increase your individual stamina and coordination through intense interval training that the game of tennis naturally provides through the constant sprinting, stopping, and changing of direction.

 

  1. Golf

Golfing is one of the most popular sports for seniors age 50 and older for a reason. Not only is it fun and challenging, but it is also proven to increase overall flexibility of muscles and joints. This is due to a proper golf swing requiring a full range of motion alongside accuracy and strength. Even if you aren’t participating in golfing competitively, you can walk anywhere from four to eight miles just by casually walking through a regulation golf course. That is if you forego the golf cart of course.

  1. Swimming

Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise if you are looking to build strength while taking it easy on your body. Since swimming is a low impact sport, you can continue to enjoy the water for years to come. Although swimming may not appear strenuous, it is proven to improve individual cardiorespiratory systems while building muscle mass. With age it is increasingly more important to increase muscle mass to avoid injury. Lastly, one of the best benefits of taking up the sport of swimming is you will burn a lot of calories. Depending on your body type, after just an hour of swimming individuals can burn between 500-650 calories in an hour which is only about 11% fewer calories than if you ran for a complete hour.

 

These three sports will allow you to enjoy the benefits of physical activity without the burned that most sports can put on your body’s joints. Remember it’s never too late to get into the game!

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