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One of the best things about retirement is having the spare time to try new things. Every day is an opportunity to discover a new hobby or activity to enjoy. It’s an exciting phase of your life when you have more time to focus more on your wellbeing.

You’ll find loads of sports out there which don’t require too much physical exertion. Low-impact sports like swimming and lawn bowls are just two fantastic options that let you do things at your own pace. 

Sports like shuffleboard can provide mental stimulation to keep your mind as sharp as ever. Taking up a new sport is a great way to stay fit and healthy while socialising with friends. Around Australia, you can find local community centres and clubs where competitions are organised weekly.

Leading an active lifestyle can be a great way to get in touch with your local community and make new friends. To help get you inspired, I’m listing five popular sports that are easy to get into.

Swimming

Going for a swim at your local pool is a fantastic and low-risk way to stay in shape. Swimming is a low-impact activity that’s easy on your joints. It’s also a great activity for developing your cardiovascular endurance and strength. If swimming laps gets a little lonely and repetitive, there are loads of other aquatic activities to take part in like aqua aerobics.

Check out your local community pool and see if they have any aquafit classes available. For post-workout recovery, try relaxing in a sauna or spa. Both of these options can help relax your muscles and soothe any aches and pains after you’ve had a swim.

Golf

Playing golf is another low-impact sport that can do wonders for your health. Even the basic action of swinging a golf club can put your joints through a great range of motion. Walking between each hole on a golf course is also a fantastic cardiovascular workout. 

Due to the sport’s popularity in Australia, you’re bound to find a wide range of golf courses for beginners right up to more advanced players. No matter what your game is like, golf can be the perfect excuse to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with friends for an afternoon.

If you’re just starting out, don’t be afraid to hone your skills at a local driving range or mini golf centre. Virtual golf simulators are also a great alternative for those cold and rainy days. Golf simulators let you practice on a virtual golf course where you can drive balls into a specially designed projector screen with graphics.

Lawn bowls

Lawn bowls is another sport that’s very accessible to people of all ages. Over 245,000 people in Australia enjoy this sport for the chance to compete, socialise with friends, or just stay active. Health professionals tend to recommend lawn bowls for older people, thanks to the associated health benefits like improved fitness, coordination, skill development, and self-esteem.

Like other activities mentioned, lawn bowls is popular for being a low-impact form of exercise. You’ll find a number of good bowling greens around Australia where you can become a member and participate in weekly competitions. 

Lawn bowls is just one of the many fun activities you can enjoy at Evergreen Retirement Village. Visit the Evergreen community page to find out more.

Table tennis

Playing table tennis is a fantastic way to squeeze some aerobic exercise into your day. It’s a sport that isn’t just for the ultra-competitive types out there. Table tennis can be a great activity for socialising with your friends and family. 

Health experts often attribute a number of benefits from playing table tennis, including:

  • Burns calories
  • Easy on the joints
  • Improved reflexes and balance
  • Improved hand-eye coordination

Health studies in the United States have even shown that table tennis can be utilised as a treatment for dementia. Playing table tennis can activate various areas of the brain at the same time. This activation can help to stimulate an overall state of awareness. 

Shuffleboard

Shuffleboard began as a popular game played in pubs and palaces across 15th century England. These days it’s a fantastic low-impact activity that’s enjoyed by people of all ages. The main objective of the game is to outscore your opponent.

Each player takes their turn sliding weights down a board to reach a scoring area. The further your weights go, the more points you can score. Much like lawn bowls, players can knock their opponent’s weights out of an area to gain an advantage.

Shuffleboard provides players with mental stimulation and a safe form of physical activity. A shuffleboard game is generally easy to set up and can be played indoors or outdoors. It’s a game that’s easy to learn and makes for a fantastic excuse to socialise with your friends, family members, and neighbours. 

Kind regards,

Annie Warner

Village Manager

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