Sport for Seniors: Can You Start a New Sport in Your 60s?
When it comes to learning a new sport, it’s never too late to start. The numerous benefits of an active life for seniors have been well documented, and as well as improved health and physical fitness, getting involved in a team sport can improve your social life and help keep stress at bay. Even if you haven’t previously been active, there is no time like the present and you could enjoy better health, more energy and an improved social life as a result. Playing a sport is an enjoyable way to get fit and it’s often easier to stay motivated if you have other people to train with, and an end goal in mind. There are different options available for seniors of all levels of skill and ability, so whatever level you are at, there’s bound to be something out there to suit you.
How do I get started? If you want to get involved with a sport in your senior years there are a number of different ways to do it. Residents of our retirement villages in Melbourne have a host of sporting opportunities right on the doorstep. Whether you want to play a team sport, swim, cycle, run or try a gentle game of bowls, you can participate in a range of organised activities and get to know other members of your community. If you can’t find what you are looking for at the village, you can try the wider community. Many councils and community organisations run courses and classes for seniors who want to learn a new sport and meet other like-minded people. If there is a particular sport you have in mind, you can look online and see if there is a team or class in your area. The Active Health Centres at each of the Retirement Communities Australia villages around Melbourne are also able to help you easily connect with local structured and informal sporting activities.
Challenge yourself at The Australian Master Games For competitive seniors, the Australian Masters Games is a biennial sporting event which is open to participants over the age of 30. With more than 50 events and 8,000 competitors annually, participating in this event is a great way to challenge yourself and set a goal for getting in shape. The Australian Masters Games is intended to promote general fitness and health in the community and bring together people from all walks of life.
Anyone can enter, as long as they meet the minimum age criteria, regardless of experience or whether they are members of a sporting club. These games are held in a different city each time, and as well as being a competitive event, they also enjoy a strong social focus and give participants the chance to engage with the wider community and have fun.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to take up a new sport, there are plenty of options available. Why not make the most of your retirement and challenge yourself? The benefits are immense and you could improve your fitness, make new friends and most of all have fun learning a new sport.