Some people think “being fit” is a young man’s game, a luxury that can’t be maintained once you’ve had children, and had to deal with the many stresses of raising them, while juggling your career. But being fit and healthy feels great, so there’s no reason anyone should deny themselves the lifelong benefits that come along with it. Whether you’re already fit now and hoping to stay in shape, or are looking to reclaim the healthier lifestyle you once had, there are many activities you can do, no matter what your age. With that in mind, we’ve picked five fun exercises that men and women can do, with an emphasis on making sure those with any weary joints or stiff backs won’t have to worry.

Swimming

mEDeqYm Worried about banging up your knees, or rolling an ankle? Well then, there’s no sport with less impact than swimming. But grab your goggles, because while swimming may be easy on the body, it sure burns a lot of calories! Best of all, swimming is what’s known as an “aerobic exercise”, which means that it helps you keep your heart healthy. By getting your heartrate up, it helps pump more blood through your body, and lowers the risk of issues like coronary heart disease. Add in increased flexibility, a little bit of muscle toning power, and reduced risk of osteoporosis, and you’ve got a great exercise that any senior should consider. More Information >

Yoga

pexels-photo-12346 Think yoga is just for “hippie” college kids? Well think again! While the yoga craze keeps growing and growing, doctors have realized it’s a great, low-impact activity that folks of any age should consider. In fact, medical experts consider yoga a great way for seniors to maintain flexibility, while preventing muscle loss. Jessica Matthews, assistant professor of exercise science at Miramar College, highly recommends senior start with a “Tree Pose,” which helps improve balance (which can reduce your risk of falling.)
  • Stand up with your legs put together and your arms straight above your head, and place your palms together.
  • Gently raise your right leg off the ground so that the toes are still on the ground and your heel is touching the inside of your ankle. (If necessary, hold on to something.)
  • Balance for twenty to thirty seconds if possible.
  • Repeat with your other leg.
  • As your balance improves, lift your raised foot upward, resting the sole of your foot on the inside of your lower leg.
  • Over time, work toward having your raised leg bent, with your foot resting on the inside of the opposite leg above your knee.
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Tennis

mfXljni As a mainstay of many retirement communities, you know that tennis is a great sport for people of all ages. Whether you’re fifteen or fifty, there are few games more fun than this. And as long as you have an opponent that’s moving at the same speed as you, there’s no need to worry about having to run too much to get to the ball. Best of all, if you play doubles tennis, you can involve your spouse or a friend, while further reducing the amount of court you need to cover. That’s one of the best aspects of tennis: not only are you staying healthy, but it’s a great way to socialize with either existing friends, or to make new acquaintances entirely. More Information >

Pickleball

Jeanpickle Never heard of pickleball? Well this relatively new sport is taking the world by storm, and it’s proving especially popular with folks in the 50+ age range. Think of it as a combination of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. While the name might not sound serious, the game has definitely become legitimate in the past few years, as there are now pickleball leagues all over the world. This sport is great for those that like tennis, but want something simpler to play. Do you get tired of running? Well the court is about half the size of a tennis court, so this is a great game for weary legs. The paddle and ball are lighter too, further reducing any chance of injury. Best of all, you still have all the fun social elements of normal tennis, so find a pickleball court near you today! More Information >

Bicycling

pexels-photo You know we’re huge fans of bicycling here at EVELO, as this is truly an activity that’s great for people of any age. Like swimming, this is an aerobic (or “cardio”) exercise, meaning it has lots of great benefits towards keeping your heart healthy. It’s also very low impact, as your legs are spinning in continuous circles, never having to slam against the hard ground. We recently showed you some of the best biking trails for families and seniors in major cities, so there’s no need to worry about finding a trail with an appropriate level of difficulty for novice bikers. For those who want to make sure they can keep up with their kids, or don’t want to worry about struggling with hills, we strongly recommend an electric bike, so your exercise will be completely worry free. That way, if you’re new to biking you can start with a little assistance from the motor, and use it less and less as you get stronger and stronger! More Information > Staying in shape makes you feel great, and leads to a healthier and longer life. So no matter what your age, man or woman, it’s worth considering picking up a new activity today. So get to it! And if you have any questions about how to start, please feel free to ask us in the comments section below.