Activities For Vivacious Boomers

By Cheryl Proska
September 12th, 2017 For Members No Comments

Sixty is the new 40. If you don’t believe it’s true, look around at some of the amazing things Boomers are doing these days.

Peter Roger didn’t start working on his thesaurus until he was 61. Sir Ranulph Fiennes climbed Mount Everest at age 65. Fauja Singh is completing marathons at the age of 106!

Better diet, better lifestyle, more exercise, less smoking and medical advancements mean Boomers are entering their sixties in better physical health than any previous generation.

But for many people over the age of 60, the idea of going quietly into the Golden Years doesn’t sound like much fun at all. Now, few Boomers will ascend up Mt. Everest, but there are many other exciting, adventurous activities to consider.

Here are a few activities for those boomers who want to expand their horizons and live up the next few decades of life.

Action Sports

If your only exercise for the last few years involves a treadmill and the comfort of an indoor gym, it might be time to take up a new sport. Don’t limit yourself to tennis or non-competitive games that don’t do much for the mind or body.

The sky’s the limit as Boomers are taking up paragliding and even skydiving. It’s never too late to learn golf or brush up on your skills on the slopes skiing or snowboarding.

Tai Chi or Karate

Tai chi is a form of ancient martial arts often called the “moving meditation.” Tai Chi helps people focus on breathing while performing slow and deliberate movements. It is non-competitive, and low impact and the real benefit is the freeing of the mind while still moving the body. It’s one of the best ways to stay active and reduce stress for older adults.

For those Boomers looking for a little more action, karate and mixed martial arts are also an option. Just be sure to consult with a doctor before taking up any activity and keep the contact to a minimum.

Learning one of these traditional defensive skills can help keep you supple and fit, and some are non-contact, for those who feel that their bones are not quite what they used to be.

Outdoor Adventures

If you’re eager to explore places you only dreamed about in your younger years, several companies are willing to help channel your inner Magellan.

ElderTreks offers active and exotic adventures for small groups of people over age 50. From African wildlife safaris, hiking trips and cultural journeys, retired explorers can embark on worldly experiences led by expert travelers.

If traveling across the world isn’t a life goal, many states and towns have hiking trails and clubs that organize walks across the wilderness. Check websites like AllTrails for the largest collection of detailed, hand-curated trail maps or ask for assistance at stores catering to avid adventurists like REI and Eastern Mountain Sports.

Life On The Water

The excitement of the ocean is hard to beat. Even if you’ve never stepped foot on a boat, the open seas offer countless opportunities for adventure. Heading into open waters on a boat can create unforgettable memories. A boat is an investment that can take you places you never thought possible.

If owning a boat isn’t in your budget, you might want to consider just living on a floating vessel without all the worry of upkeep. The World is a residency at sea, home to only 165 guests spending extensive time exploring the most exotic destinations.

Take the chance to do what you’ve always wanted to do and redefine what the Golden Years can mean to you.

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