No matter what age you are and whether you are living in a your own home, a village or a care home, active fun can bring you great benefits such as social connection, a sense of purpose and fulfilment and improved physical health and wellbeing.
What is active fun and what are the benefits for you?
Active fun covers a range of different things you can participate in that you enjoy and will help support healthy ageing, exercise and being physically active, making healthy food choices, and getting involved in your community.
Active fun brings variety, richness and colour into life. It helps you live life to the full and make the most of every opportunity. At all ages and stages of life we want to experience meaning and purpose, by doing things that are familiar, interesting, useful and of our choice.
Recently I have started running and my husband has been taking the kids mountain biking. We are all finding new energy from these activities – we have gone to new places and created fun and memories.
Would you like to get more involved in your community or be more socially active? There are plenty of places to look for opportunities, depending on your interests.
Here are some ideas:
Get out and about
Being more socially active keeps life interesting and may include:
- Joining a local club and taking part in their events and activities
- Playing cards or other games with friends
- Going to the theatre, a movie, or a sporting event
- Travelling with a group of friends
- Visiting friends and family
- Trying different restaurants
- Joining an interest group
Learn or try something new
Learning a new skill or doing something completely different can be inspiring and include:
- Take a cooking class – I know this really worked for my dad and now means we get lots of yummy dinners.
- Form or join a book or movie club
- Try yoga, tai chi, or another new physical activity
- Learn (or relearn) how to play a musical instrument
Become more active in your community
Volunteering in the community is a great way to get involved and ways to be active include:
- Serve meals or organize clothing donations at a place for homeless people
- Volunteer at your local SPCA, school, library or hospital
- Volunteer to run errands for people who need help
- Join a committee or volunteer for an activity at your place of worship
- Organize a park clean-up through your local recreation center or community association
- Sing in a community choral group, or play in a local band or orchestra
- Get a part-time job
Step up the physical activitiy
At any age, it’s important to stay physical activity, mobile, fit and healthy.
Ways to stay active each day include:
- Take an exercise class or do exercises at home
- Go dancing
- Walk or bicycle with a friend or neighbor
- Swim or take a swimming class
- Play with your grandchildren
- Walk your own or someone elses dog
Finding the Right Balance
For each person it is important to find the right balance. Everyone has different limits to the amount of time they can spend on social or other activities. What is perfect for one person might be too much for another. Be careful not to take on too much at once. You might start by adding one or two activities to your routine and see how you feel. You can always add more. Remember—participating in activities you enjoy should be fun, not stressful.