‘You are never too old to do anything’
Has someone ever repeatedly said this to you? If so, I’m guessing your reaction was quite alike to mine. You smile and nod, but deep down inside, you definitely feel you are too old to start something new. But trust me when I say this, you really are never too old.
Have you ever been dragged along to watch a child or grandchild play a sport and your heart was yearning to be that active person? If so, make it be you.
If you have had a childhood dream to play a sport or there has been a sport that has caught your eye as an older person, why not consider giving it a go?
Excuse after excuse…
Whether you are young or old, it is easy to make an excuse to avoid doing sports.
When you are a little older, you may be worried that taking up a new sport may be too dangerous. What if you fall and injury yourself? Torn ligaments, fractures and broken bones, it may all seem too scary. But whether you are old or young, there is a risk of this happening.
The key to being a good sports person is to take your time and gradually learn the sport. Do not put too much pressure on yourself as this is when accidents are likely to happen.
If anything, taking up a new sport at midlife is nothing but good for you. Regular exercise will not only make you feel happier with yourself, it will also do your body wonders.
Which Sports Should You Tackle?
Once you have decided a new sporty life is the way forward for you, you then have to decide what sport you are going to tackle first.
Sports that are ideal for older people are:
- Deep-water running
It is advised that you should avoid sports that have a higher risk of injuries occurring. High contact sports should be avoided, including football, rugby, basket ball and base ball.
If you feel you are not ready to start up a new sport alone, why not ask some friends or family members to join with you?
Starting a new sport alone can be difficult. You may feel unconfident and unmotivated. Starting a sport with friends and family will bring the fun into it.
If you cannot find any willing participants to join with you, it may be a wise idea to join a club or society that already has sports club members.
If you are worried that starting a new sport may be bad for your health, it may be worth visiting your doctor. You should inform your doctor about your interest in starting a new sport and let him know you are worried about any negative health impacts.
Your doctor will complete a check up on you and give you any relevant warnings that are needed to ensure that you stay healthy whilst being active.
You must remember that sports and activities are good in moderation, do not try to overdo it or else you may do more damage to yourself than good.
John started cycling after he turned 45. He encouraged his employer to fit cycling racks on behalf of Falco at his workplace so that he could ride his bike to work each day.