Sports and leisure for the over 50s

Just because you’re over fifty it doesn’t mean you have to stay at home and be bored for the rest of your life. Staying active and having fun will help keep you physically and emotionally healthy. There is a wide range of options that you can consider when it comes to sports and leisure for the over 50s.

Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor activities, whether you want to do some learning or just have fun, there is absolutely nothing standing in your way. If you prefer art or history, galleries and museums are always a good choice. Aside from exhibitions, museums and galleries may also offer special workshops, activities and events that will offer you a more hands-on experience. Seeing as though this is also something the youngsters can enjoy, bring your grandchildren along and make a day of it. If the trip is a bit too inconvenient for you then take a tour of a virtual exhibition online.

If you prefer the outdoors, there is range of sports and leisure for the over 50s available. If your goal is just to relax, then parks are always good to have a picnic or just take a walk. For a more interactive experience you should take a trip to London's eight Royal Parks, which will provide opportunities for walks, sport, education and exploration. If you prefer a combination of walking and nature, National Trails are perfect for you. They feature long distance paths intended for cycling, walking and horse riding.

For those of you who prefer water to land, hop on a boat and float down a river or canal. Enjoy a stroll by the water, a rowing trip, and fish for a few hours or try out a new water sport. You are always near a waterway so find out where your nearest one is from British Waterways. Waterways are incredible places to have fun but always keep safety in mind.

If you are looking to improve your fitness, leisure centres offer a range of sports, including squash, tennis, keep fit classes and swimming. You can find your nearest leisure centre and details of local sports clubs by contacting your local council.

You can enjoy the benefits of exercise even if you only exercise for half an hour a day. Exercise is good for controlling your weight, but will also help increase energy levels, reduce stress and improve sleep. Another great long-term advantage is that if you keep up your exercise routine over a long period then you will reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and many other conditions associated with age and physical inactivity.

Sports and leisure for the over 50s can definitely be loads of fun so let your hair down and don’t look back. After all, this is your time.

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