Health-Friendly Outdoor Activities for Elderly Men

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group-of-old-peopleElderly people are already prone to various kinds of ailments. It is a fact, considering that at this age our body slowly deteriorates. Our bones become weaker and our strength lowers.

For seniors who have active lifestyle, they are able to fight off certain ailments that can affect their mobility. How? A simple explanation is-physical activities can help strengthen the muscles, reduce joint pain and enhance stamina. As compared to senior women, a lot of elderly men perform (and enjoy) physical activities because they got easily bored being stuck inside the house. There are so many forms of physical activities for senior men ranging from the most basic (walking) to a bit challenging.

Are you on lookout for another sort of physical activities for your grandpa? Or are you a care provider of an elderly person? Here are a few outdoor activities for senior men that can bring notable health benefits. These are helpful means to live a healthier life-in a natural way.

Go Fishing

Going out fishing is a common hobby for some people. Oftentimes, a father along with his son or daughter visit nearby ponds to carry out this hobby. It is not just about catching some fish; but, it is a good time to spend quality time with family. Isn't it a lovely scene to see a father and his child holding fishing rod?

Even though you have reached the golden age, this stage of life should never hinder you from enjoying fishing activity. Invite your grown-up children and this time, your grandchildren too. It will surely become a fun family affair. You can have a picnic along the pond. Then you can brag to your grandchildren how you taught their dad how to fish.

But how it is beneficial to senior's health? Obviously, fishing requires strength to pull the rod when a fish is caught. As your senior man manipulates the fishing rod, his body is likewise working specifically the shoulder part. This can eliminate joint pain and stiffness in the arms and shoulder blades. And of course, it brings joy to a senior's heart to see his grandchildren.

Play Golf

This sort of activity may sound expensive. Most of us have this perception that only wealthy people can afford to play golf. Maybe in another aspect it is true, since the equipment needed is quite pricey. But there are golf associations that offer affordable membership. In addition, there are golf clubs offered at lesser price (if this is your concern). Many manufacturers offer cheaper alternatives to their high-end clubs.

Playing golf is health-friendly specifically to senior men. Remember that playing golf requires the player to have great hand-and-eye coördination. A player must be able to focus and keep an eye on the ball to hit it right. Without concentration, you will likely miss the ball after striking it with the club. Playing golf helps your senior develop hand-eye coördination. Additionally, it is a good exercise for the arms.

Go Hiking

Don't even think that hiking is just for younger people. As we all know, many young adults enjoy doing this activity because of the adventure it offers. For some, this is a good way to bond with friends. In reality, hiking is not only for younger generation. Going out hiking has lots of health benefits to our body. That is why, it is a perfect hobby for any age group specifically the older people.

For seniors, hiking can help strengthen their legs and get rid of joint pain. The whole body is being used during hiking-from head to foot, which makes it a good form of exercise. Additionally, it can also help your senior improve his/her stamina and clear off their head from anything that bothers them. A senior hike can be a walk in the meadow, woods or along a brook. Senior men who loves the nature will surely enjoy this activity.

Being physically active is essential to keep every part of your body functional and fit. Remember, any sort of machine gets rust when not in sure. And this logic is no difference to our body (except for the rust stuff). So if you are a senior, don't be scared to explore the outside world. But be sure to consult your doctor first to determine if you are capable of doing these activities. When taking part of any outdoor activity, bring with you some medical essentials and if you have an alert system, like medical guardian, take it with you for additional safety measure.


A post by pretty_ashley (8 Posts)

pretty_ashley is author at LeraBlog. The author's views are entirely his/her own and may not reflect the views and opinions of LeraBlog staff.
Ashley O’connor is a blogger who aspires to share ideas on how to practice safety at home, on the road, at the office and just about everywhere. Follow her on Twitter at @AshleyOconnor82, Google+, or add her on Facebook.

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