As the world celebrates Senior Health and Fitness Day on 31st May, we explore five ways we can all keep our minds and bodies on their toes (so to speak).
1) Try something new
Aristotle may have been one of the first philosophers to make the distinction between happiness we feel in the moment (hedonia), and the satisfaction that comes from constantly developing and living life to the fullest (eudaimonia). Slightly more modern research has revealed that the sense of purpose that comes from eudaimonia is associated with lower cortisol levels, increased immune function, and better sleep.
Have you thought about open water swimming? A brilliant choice for confident swimmers, swimming in cold water burns more calories, works every single muscle, and is a great way of meeting people. There are lots of opportunities to get involved – visit SwimEngland for more tips.
2) Spend time with lots of different people
Mixing with people of all different ages and backgrounds introduces us to different perspectives – which can sometimes make us challenge our own outlook.
Have you thought about dancing? Thanks to a certain celebrity dance show that we’ve all heard of, dancing in the UK is experiencing a boom, with popularity growing among people of all ages and cultures. Why limit yourself to the ballroom when there’s Latin, Flamenco, Bhangra, Street…
3) Reconnect with nature
We’ve all heard the benefits of exercising outdoors. Research by Professor Jules Pretty of the University of Essex has revealed that green exercise is associated with increased feelings of revitalization and decreased feelings of anger, confusion and depression.
Have you thought about dog agility? A lot of clubs take classes outdoors in the summer, and little Rufus doesn’t have to be a prime athlete to join in –classes are usually open to dogs (and owners) of all shapes, sizes and ages. Contrary to popular belief, it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks…
4) Embrace technology
Video communication apps like Skype can be a big help in bringing people closer together. Social media channels such as Facebook can also be a handy way of organising or searching for events in your local area. There are also lots of fitness games and apps on the market, designed to improve health and wellbeing, from sharpening mental agility to improving balance and core strength.
Have you thought about a Forest Segway adventure? A novel way to explore the forest floor, our Segway adventures allow you embrace technology and nature at the same time.
5) Take inspiration from others
Here at Banana HQ, we’re often reminded that adventure really doesn’t have any limit. Take one of our favourite Silverbacks, Raymond, who leapt into the limelight this Autumn by becoming the oldest member of our Tribe. At the tender age of 93, Raymond joined his granddaughter’s 21st birthday celebrations on our Tree Top Adventure at Crathes Castle. Speaking of his adventure, Raymond said, “I don’t think age should ever be a barrier and I am always keen to try something new.”
There you go. We should all be more like Raymond.