What a perfect time for seniors to celebrate their lives and discover many ways they can continue to stay sharp. Beyond 50 appreciates the “seasoned” individuals who live in our region and we encourage older adults to stay active.
I have the pleasure of networking with many of our seniors and let me tell you, they give me a run for my money. The seniors of today are healthier, stronger and more engaged than ever. I once heard someone say: It’s never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle. This includes taking care of yourself and the best way to do that is stay active. Staying active can be done physically and mentally, whether it be through exercise or learning new things. Here is a list of places that can help your mind body and soul when it comes to living a healthy life.
Both of these venues offer great leagues for both amateur and novice bowlers. Bowling is a great form of exercise for seniors, especially if you do stretches before hand and bowl regularly. Bowling helps strengthen muscles and burn off calories. Done right, a regular bowling regiment contributes to a healthy lifestyle and is a lot of fun. Social interaction is important to keep us mentally healthy and alert. Bowling is a good physical activity and can be very social. As we age we may lose contact with some of our friends, so this is a great way to make new acquaintances. The other nice thing about bowling is that we can do it with our children and grandchildren; it is a great way to have a little fun and lots of laughs while spending quality time with the family.
If you are retired or semi retired, now is the time to do things for you. You have earned it in more ways than one. One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and those who love us, is a healthy body and mind. We should all have a regular routine went it comes to exercise. The key is finding exercise that we enjoy and works for our body types and limitations. Kelowna has its fair share of gyms and recreational facilities. They all include weight training, cardio classes such as zumba, spin, yoga and the list goes on. Check all the facilities out so you know which one is best for YOU. Here are some places that I have either been to or have heard about. They all have fantastic programs for all levels of fitness and once you decide on a place, you’ll be glad you did.
How lucky are we to live in such beautiful surroundings, we can do so many things in the great outdoors. All it takes is a plan and away you go. Have you ever considered lawn bowling, dragon boating or pickle ball? Each one has an element of fun and a great way to exercise your mind and body, all in the great outdoors
I know some of you are saying I am just not that into being physically active, so what are my choices? This answer is simple; places like the Water Street Seniors, Seniors Outreach Services, Society for Learning in Retirement and Parkinson Recreation also offer courses and other interests. There is something out there for everyone.
Like I said in the beginning of this article, June is senior’s month so take the time to do a little for yourself, or if you know someone who could use a little kick in the pants, help them. You could help them live longer, happier and healthier.
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