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Fun & Unique Activities for Seniors

Jul 3, 2023 | Health & Wellness

Today’s seniors are more active, agile, adventurous and – dare we say – more thrill seeking than those of the past. These days, they’re going beyond the book clubs, putting away the board games and puzzles, and skipping art class to try something a little more fast paced – something more their speed.

They’re in good company, too. Chances are, you’ve heard of the 67-year old surfer, or even the group of senior skateboarders – and this is just the tip of the wave of seniors shredding stereotypes of what they can or cannot do.

If you’re looking for a unique way to stay active, test your limits, and even learn some new skills, check out these fun activities for starters.

1. Martial Arts

You may be thinking, “Martial arts for seniors? You mean tai chi, right?” Absolutely not. We mean all types of martial arts, including kung fu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Wing Chun (which is great for self-defense!) and karate.

Martial arts, for older adults, can be about far more than fun, too. They’re also great for hand-eye coordination, balance and flexibility. With practice and dedication, who knows, you may just become a black belt – and a superhero to your grandkids!

martial arts for seniors practice strength and mobility

2. Competitive Races

Another fun activity for seniors includes racing. Now, this is a broad category, obviously, but as we’re testing our limits and pushing ourselves, it’s important to look at what kind of racing. For some, a simple 5K will do the trick while providing all the adrenaline they need. Others like a multisport element, like a triathlon. Some even prefer swimming, like 77-year-old Mike Stollmeyer.

For those who are really wanting to show off their skills while testing their own personal boundaries, there’s the Spartan Race. The Spartan Race consists of many different types of races and tracks, some with obstacle equipment, some that are only trails, and some that are bike courses. With a multitude of race locations and types, there’s something for everyone. And, of course, what could be better than your sense of accomplishment, all while your friends and family members cheer you on.

3. Weight Lifting

If your goal is to build muscle, strengthen your joints, or reduce symptoms of chronic conditions, try weight lifting. Not only can you have a personal trainer help you, but you can also follow online videos to get started.

4. Scuba Diving

Let’s be honest, this suggestion is just plain fun! Keep in mind, though, just because it involves water and swimming does not mean it doesn’t require a lot of physical activity. Scuba diving requires some heavy equipment, and depending on where you dive, visibility can be limited. When done safely, or with trained professionals, this can be a great activity to enjoy – and just think about all the cool stories you’ll be able to tell at your next social activity.

senior couple walking off the court after a round of tennis

5. Tennis

Think you have what it takes to become a tennis player? Tennis is a great activity for older adults who want to spend time with their friends, participate in a sport with low physical contact, and engage in a little friendly competition. Even better, people of all ages can have fun playing, making it a great intergenerational activity.

6. Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding tests your balance, offers no-impact exercise, and gets you closer to nature. Venture off into the water and see if you can find a dolphin or manatee, or just enjoy a calm day on the water exploring with your friends. It’s the ultimate way to savor the beauty of nature while staying active.

7. Disc Golf

Like golf, but more active, disc golf tests your ability to get a disc into metal baskets in the least number of throws. You may also have heard this called frisbee golf. Unlike golf, however, where many players use golf carts to get around, you’re walking to get to each spot on the course.

This is a great form of aerobic exercise and requires very little equipment. All you need is a course, a disc or frisbee, yourself or a friend to compete with and, of course, some water to stay hydrated.

disc golf is a one of the best unique hobbies for seniors

Discover more unique activities for seniors.

At The Terraces at Bonita Springs, our community is full of fun things to do, from social events and engaging activities to sports like tennis and opportunities to lift weights and strength train in our state-of-the-art fitness center.

Is there something not offered at our community that you’d like to participate in? Our location puts you close to many different area attractions. Either let our valet services bring your car for you, or you can take our scheduled transportation.

What’s more is that you can spend each day as you please because we take care of home maintenance, housekeeping and yardwork, freeing up your time and ensuring you can pursue whatever activity inspires you.

Experience it for yourself.

If health and wellness matter to you in retirement, look no further than The Terraces at Bonita Springs. Give us a call to learn about our Vitality Program and all our independent living community has to offer.