Great ACTIVities for Seniors

March 22nd, 2015 | By Marjie No Comments

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We’ve written about everything from archery to yoga, bird-watching to walking … all of which are great activities for those who are over 50 years of age. Before I continue, though, I’d just like to clarify something. As someone who is over 50 (in fact, I’m edging closer and closer to 60 every year), I do not “feel” like a senior citizen. I think that the term “active senior” was coined by organizations who provide products and services to those of us in this age bracket and not by us!

That said, I certainly recognize – in myself and others – that a lot of folks in the 50+ age bracket have different needs and interests than they did when they were in their teens, 20s, etc. I also realize that “senior” means 50+, which includes people well into their 80s, 90s, and beyond! We all have to manage our physical activity based on our own body type, interests, fitness level, and age.

Here are six wonderful ideas for the seniors in your life … grandparents, aunts and
uncles, neighbors:

Geocaching. This is like a combined hike and treasure hunt, where you’re looking for a hidden object by using GPS. (Details can be found in the article we published in 4.3 issue of Athens MOVE.)

Swimming. Whether you take a water aerobics class or just cruise the pool for enjoyment, swimming is one of the best (and universally fun) ways to get exercise. If you go with a group of friends, even better!

Enjoying a hobby. How do you spend your free time? Reading, knitting, bicycling, volunteering, gardening? Make sure you take time to restore your body and soul by doing things that bring you joy and contentment, both of which help maintain your health and well-being.

Dancing. You don’t have to be an expert dancer to enjoy the health and social benefits of dancing! Whether you like rock, swing, sock hop, or breakdance moves, dancing offers one of the best all-around exercises (disguised as fun).

Volunteering. Get puppy kisses when you donate time to an animal shelter. Make a lifelong friend when you tutor children through a library, church, or school program. Give the gift of love when you volunteer for a local hospice program or hospital. There are so many opportunities … think of the kind of activities and people you love, and then seek ways to give of yourself.

Creating. From gardening to knitting, building a home for Habitat for Humanity to building a birdhouse with the local scout troop … spend some time creating something beautiful in Athens that will also be something beautiful in your own life.

This list could easily stretch into pages upon pages of ideas. Know of a senior in your life whose activities might inspire others to MOVE? Post ideas at
www.facebook.com/athensmove.

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