Senior-approved sports that make fitness fun
There's no better way to boost your mind, body and spirit than incorporating physical activity into your daily life. Regular exercise can help older adults have more energy during the day and snooze soundly each night. It can also reduce stress and strengthen muscles and bones, reducing the risk of injury and helping you stay healthier longer.
One great way to stay active is to participate in one of the many sports activities at Holiday Retirement communities. Our communities are bursting with residents who enjoyed participating in sports earlier in their lives and won't let retirement slow them down one bit! The truth is, retirement is the perfect time to try out something new, and Holiday has plenty of great options! We highlight some Holiday favorites below.
Tournaments bring out a competitive streak
Holiday residents have a ball competing in creative tournaments and competitions that let them flex their muscles and skills.
Holiday Retirement’s Atrium at Gainesville residents love golf so much that the community hosts an indoor mini golf tournament complete with a five-hole course, putting hazards and a rubber ducky hole. While golf may traditionally be thought of as a leisure activity, it can improve hand-eye coordination and flexibility, not to mention the social benefits that come with healthy competition among friends.
If golf just isn’t how you roll, try bocce ball, one of Holiday's most popular sports. The game is so popular that four Virginia Holiday communities take turns hosting inter-community tournaments.
Holiday Retirement’s Colonial Harbor was the most recent host for its sister communities, Holiday Retirement’s Lighthouse Pointe and Dogwood Terrace. Residents assembled bright and early for a full day of bocce that continued long after their picnic lunch.
Lifting spirits and health with balloon sports
Tournaments may be fun, but it's important to remember that any type of exercise will offer health benefits. Older adults may have mobility issues that make some activities easier than others. So-called "soft" exercises can be great options for getting in motion without overexerting yourself.
Sports incorporating balloons are a low-impact way to get your heart pumping and have a great time. Residents at Holiday Retirement’s Park Plaza look forward to Wednesday morning balloon volleyball games, a Holiday classic, where they up the challenge and cardio using three balloons at a time. Residents at Holiday Retirement's The Grande prefer playing "Keep It Up," battling with foam pool noodles and a balloon to stretch their muscles and get their circulation flowing.
While golf, bocce ball and balloon games are resident favorites, the options for fun physical activities at Holiday are endless. It’s important to talk with your doctor before beginning an exercise or fitness program. Once you get the go-ahead to suit up, browse our free e-book, "Active senior living through fitness & wellness," for more ideas on how to integrate exercise into your active adult lifestyle and get in touch with a community near you to see residents in action!