We all know regular exercise in retirement is essential for our health and happiness – and finding an activity you enjoy is the key to ongoing success.
There are endless ways you can keep your body moving as you get older. But the challenge is to find the best fit for your ability, budget and interests.
Maybe you enjoy exercising in a group so you can socialise at the same time? Or perhaps you prefer working out on your own? Whether you like to be active indoors, outdoors, with friends or by yourself, there are plenty of exercise options for over 55s.
So, if you’re ready to start a regular routine, or need a change from your existing one, read on to discover our top suggestions to help you find the right exercise for you.
Organising a regular morning or evening walk with your partner or friends is a great starting point for any exercise regime – and it won’t cost you a penny. You can choose the path you travel and mix it up to keep things interesting. You can also control the difficulty of the route to suit your fitness, building up to longer walks over time.
If you like the idea of an exercise routine that is tailored to your needs and can be done indoors and out of the elements, working out at the gym could be the answer.
Visit your local to check out the facilities and find out about fees. Some memberships include classes and use of a swimming pool which adds plenty of value.
Or, if you live in an over 55s village (such as Lifestyle Villages Traralgon), you may be lucky enough to have your own gym and pool on site and available to use free of charge.
If your knees and elbows are up to it, tennis is a great sport to enjoy in retirement. Grab a friend who is keen for a regular game or get in touch with your local club and find out if there are any open competitions you can join.
If you’re looking for a gentle but effective exercise, it’s hard to beat swimming. It’s easy on the joints, which makes it suitable for those who are starting out or returning after an injury.
You can go at your own pace and build up your fitness by gradually increasing the laps. Plus, there’s nothing like a dip in the pool to leave you feeling refreshed and energised.
Golf can be played alone or enjoyed with friends. If you’re new to the sport, hit some practice balls at the local driving range, or sign up for some lessons to get your game up to scratch. An early morning or afternoon round on a sunny day in beautiful surrounds is certainly an enjoyable way to exercise!
Great for the mind and the body, yoga is ideal for retirees looking for a gentle and effective activity. It can be easily adapted to suit people of all fitness levels, so find out where your local classes are happening and give it a go.
Whether you have the moves or two left feet, dancing can be a great way to exercise and have fun in retirement. There are classes and tuition for all ages and abilities, and plenty of styles to choose from. It’s a great way to be social, meet new people and build your confidence, while also getting fit.
Find Your Favourite and Make it a Habit
Whether you love exercise or prefer the couch, there’s no denying that staying active as you age improves your health and energy levels. And most importantly, it makes you feel good!
So, if you’re yet to find an activity that you really enjoy, challenge yourself to try something new. Because once you find your favourite form of exercise, motivation will come easily and before you know it, you’ll be doing it regularly and loving it.
Over to You
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