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Fun activities that can help you live longer

Senior on the pool holding dumbbells

Staying healthy and fit as you age can be challenging. Fortunately, there are plenty of exercises that make the process fun and enjoyable. The positive effects are wide-ranging, from making you look– and feel– younger to lowering your risk of common aging-related health concerns. Below are five fun activities to keep your body active and in shape as you get older.

  1. ZUMBA

    Zumba is a Latin-inspired aerobic dance workout with the main goal of having fun. Through beginner-friendly choreography and high- and low-intensity intervals, this dance class improves cardiovascular health, balance, coordination, agility, and strength. Zumba is popular among older adults, but it’s suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. In fact, there are 15 million Zumba fans worldwide!

  2. YOGA

    Yoga is a holistic practice that promotes overall well-being by improving balance, flexibility, and mobility while reducing stress. You can do yoga at home or in a quiet and safe place outdoors. If you’re a beginner, start with yoga classes at a local gym or studio, or consider joining yoga groups in your community.

  3. WALKING

    Walking is a simple and affordable way for older individuals to stay in shape. And the best part? You can set your own pace. Challenge yourself by increasing your speed or distance. Walking burns calories, improves circulation, and connects you with nature. Take a daily 10-minute walk outside and see how it improves your mental health.

    Many seniors in North County, CA offer walking trails and outdoor recreation areas where you can enjoy the natural surroundings. Go out for a leisurely walk, bike ride, picnic, or other outdoor activity.

  4. SWIMMING

    Water exercises can help you stay fit without overstressing your body. Swimming, in particular, is an ideal exercise for seniors because it has low impact and poses minimal injury risks. It also works all of the major muscle groups. Swimming regularly improves endurance, muscle strength, cardiovascular health, flexibility, and mental health. It naturally relieves stress, improves mood, and boosts confidence.

    Swimming is a social activity best done in groups or pairs. You can also do water aerobics, resistance exercises, water yoga, and pilates.

  5. GOLF

    Golf is a low-impact sport that keeps seniors active. Walking the course, swinging the club, or carrying or pushing the golf bag all improve your cardiovascular health, muscle strength, and flexibility. Furthermore, it’s a mentally stimulating game requiring concentration, strategy, and problem-solving skills.

    Golf courses also provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere where you can interact and socialize. Join a golf club or attend social events to meet new people who share your interests.

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Whether you’re seniors and bored with life or simply looking to maintain your health and well-being, the aforementioned activities offer engaging ways to live a longer, more fulfilling life. It’s easier if you live in North County, where many Seniors cater to this kind of lifestyle. Seniors Real Estate Specialist Bryan Devore and his team can help you locate the right active adult community for you. Call Devore Realty Group at 760.908.3838 or send a message here.

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