Fit After 50

[May 2019 | San Juan Silver Stage | By Debra Lucek]

They say sixty is the new fifty and baby boomers are healthier and more physically active than their parent’s generation. With easy access to indoor and outdoor facilities like community recreation centers, gyms, biking paths, parks, and trails, there are places designed to meet everyone’s needs.

Staying strong in mind and body doesn’t have to be a chore. Active leisure time can mean taking a yoga or Pilates class to calm the soul while strengthening the core, or getting that heart rate up hiking in the beautiful mountains outside our back door.

Even those with physical challenges can enjoy activities designed with them in mind. Silver Sneakers classes allow you to move within your limitations to keep muscles toned and joints loose.

Are you a water lover? Try stand-up paddling or aquatics classes, Water offers a great way to relieve stress on joints and stay cool while getting in good aerobic exercise. There are even yoga and cardio classes designed to be done in and on the water!

If you enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and lovely views there’s always golf or gardening. Warmer weather also gives us the opportunity to get out the bike or walking shoes to explore the paths and trail systems that crisscross the countryside.

Pickleball anyone? This popular sport incorporates elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. It’s also an enjoyable way to to socialize while you get in your workout.

For the adventurous, there’s always skiing on both water and snow, or testing your skills at a watercourse for kayaks. If you want to challenge yourself and get off the beaten path, try your hand at climbing a fourteener or mountain biking the ridges and mesas.

Those of us lucky enough to live in Southwestern Colorado have the advantage of choosing to play in the great outdoors or opting for climate-controlled indoor facilities. Whichever you choose, make the most of your leisure time by pursuing fun activities that keep you healthy, happy, and strong.