One can imagine a lot of things that get better with age. Sports, for instance, is one physical activity that never used to be on that list. In today’s fast paced lives, it is ever more important to stay fit and healthy. People have started incorporating fitness in their daily regime using various measures. Hitting the gym was initially the most common tactic to stay fit, but the monotonicity of it eventually got in the way!
Sport stars constantly defying their age, have been an inspiration for millions. Whether it’s Roger Federer in a Grand Slam final at the age of 35 or a 43 year old Vince Carter dunking in a NBA game, these athletes clearly pass on the message “Age is just a number”. It is believed that indulging in an activity one loves is crucial. Indoor or Outdoor Sports have proved equally important and have been essential in improving cardiovascular health, reducing the chance of diabetes and other sedentary lifestyle associated disorders.
The common question is “What do I play at this age?”
We’ve managed to do some research at our end to answer this for you. Here’s a list of year-round sporting activities:
With the emergence of Temperature Controlled Swimming Pools, Swimming has been made possible even in Winters. Swimming involves a whole body work-out and against all superstition, isn’t actually barred by age. People of any age can indulge in swimming without any hurdle and swimming has proved to keep osteoporosis at bay. Dive in today for healthier bones!
(Image: An elderly having a leisure swim at an Indoor Swimming Pool)
Do you break a sweat watching Badminton or Tennis on TV? If yes, that’s wonderful! Imagine yourself being a part of such thrilling action at an Indoor Badminton Court, Squash Court or a Lawn Tennis Court. Racquet Sports at an older age, especially retired professionals and at-home mothers, has an additional advantage of helping you maintain your muscular strength and improvised breathing patterns. Additionally, those chitter-chatters on the courts and the competitive scoring amongst your peer groups pushes your body into releasing endorphins that keeps you active and happy.
(Image: Badminton at an Indoor Sports Facility is a viable option for office-goers to stay fit)
Table Tennis: 30 minutes of Ping Pong a day, keeps a doctor away! Every aspect of this sport, let it be serving, volley or smashing, has a positive impact on the body. This activity helps in muscle memory, reflexes, improved eye-sight and posture. You must consider playing at your nearest Table Tennis Court, irrespective of your age.
Outdoor Sports: Understanding the “high demand” on the body, Outdoor Sports is one leisure activity you could consider once/twice a week. Cricket, Football or Basketball has the capacity to lower blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol level, enhance aerobic fitness and overall lead to a prolonged life.
Apart from the above mentioned sporting activities, one might even consider Running (Jogging or Walking), Cycling or Yoga to stay fit. All We’re trying to say is, if Milind Soman can become an ULTRAMAN at the age of 51, we can do our tiny bits and get inspired to lead a healthier life moving forward. Disconnect from any mental barriers that stops you from engaging in a physical activity, let yourself loose to the newer sporting experiences that come your way at any phase of life. Let the child in you relive again!
About Fitso: Founded by IIT-Delhi Alumni, FITSO is India’s largest sports discovery platform. On FITSO apps, you can search for a sports facility near you, book your slot and just go and play your favourite sport! FITSO currently maintains the largest inventory of premium temperature controlled Swimming pools, indoor Badminton courts, Tennis courts, Cricket grounds, TT tables, Basketball courts, Squash arenas and access to 8+ sports in 5+ cities across India.