Say ‘so long’ to boring rounds of Bingo!

Check out this list of 5 activities gears towards the active senior.

When it comes to leisure and fun, there’s no need to settle for so-called “senior” activities. There are still plenty of things to do to work both your body and mind.

1. Art Classes

Don’t underestimate the power of art! There are plenty of places that offer art and painting classes that are both one-time events or ongoing affairs. Places like your local community colleges can offer non-credit courses on pottery, painting, and life drawing, to just name a few. There are also private studios that offer pottery painting or canvas art as small segments that usually last a few hours… some even come with wine tasting.

2. Group Exercise Sessions

Exercising alone can be boring. However, plenty of rec centers and gyms offer group classes for people to take, some even geared towards older individuals. You can take up yoga, cycling, or even martial arts like Taichi. While places like gyms offer classes at a cost, you might be able to lookup free or low-cost sessions on your city website or local rec centers. If you’re even more tech-savvy, you might be able to find forums about local exercise groups you can join.

3. Nintendo Switch & Wii

Video games aren’t just about killing bad guys anymore. They’ve become more inclusive, even to the point of offering light to moderate exercise! Nintendo’s Wii Fit games and their Switch games such as Ring Fit Adventure offer exercise gears towards any age group. With the ability to alter difficultly, let the game know your age and weight, and even some with the technology to monitor your heart rate, this sort of exercise can be done from the comfort of your home. If you have kids or grandchildren, they might be excited to join in with you!

4. Book Clubs

If you’re an avid reader, then a book club might be something you’d enjoy. Some Assisted Living facilities offer Book Clubs, as do local libraries, and sometimes even book stores! The best thing to do is to contact a facility and see what all they have to offer. It’s always great to be able to share a discuss with fellow readers and see what they thought about books you’ve enjoyed together!

5. Volunteer Work

Helping out can be a great way to feel good both inside and out. Whether it’s volunteering your time at a local animal shelter ot YMCA, you’ll get the chance to feel part of a great community, and know you’re doing your part to make the world a better place. Many cities have pages on their website about volunteer work. Contact them and see what you can do to help!

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