The importance of staying active is essential to a healthy, well balanced life style. Added benefits of learning new activities include continually training your mind as well as your body and engaging socially with others that share your interests. Here are some athletic pastimes that you might want to consider adding to your weekly routine.
Finding a place to hike is not too difficult depending on where you live. Depending on where you decide to walk, consider a comfortable pair of walking shoes or light hiking boots and you are off to the races. A minimum amount of light stretching before setting out on the trail is all that is needed for this simple yet very beneficial activity.
For someone who may have knee or hip issues, swimming is an extremely low impact activity that you can do at many fitness clubs for just a small fee for year round access to a swimming pool. If you haven’t done this activity in a while consider an adult swimming coach to increase efficiency and improve your technique.
Golf has been considered the world’s greatest game although it can be frustrating at times if you have never attempted it before. Golf provides exercise, camaraderie, and a real sense of accomplishment once you learn proper technique in order to get that little white ball to go where you want it to go. There are many affordable options for playing this game including private 18-hole or 9-hole courses. Also consider public par three courses where the level of difficulty and the time needed to play is reduced considerably.
You will be amazed how quickly you remember how to balance and pedal a bike. Bike paths might be the best choice since you do not have to compete with automobile traffic. Cardiovascular benefits are huge while mastering this activity and the freedom of covering many miles in a short amount of time is gratifying. Don’t forget your helmet!
If you don’t think gardening is an athletic pastime, think again. If you have some spaces in the back yard get out there and plant some vegetables. You will be amazed at how this activity stretches and strengthens those unused muscles as you till the soil and plant your “crops”. The rewards of planting seeds or small plants and watching them grow into edible vegetables cannot be compared.