Great sports to get involved in

Whether you’re a dedicated football fan, a cricket enthusiast or just enjoy a spot of fishing, cycling or a round of golf, you already know the great enjoyment, satisfaction and health benefits of being involved in sport. However, even if sport has never appealed to you before, or you’ve never found a way to get involved, it’s not too late to start.

Regular physical exercise is essential to staying healthy as you get older, and doctors recommend aerobic activity as the best kind of exercise for those over 50. This type of exercise improves cardiovascular health by working on the heart and the lungs. A stronger heart and a greater breath capacity mean greater stamina and strength, and less chance of a heart attack. Aerobic exercise is also great for toning muscles and losing weight, and the good news is that many sporting activities are aerobic and have the same health benefits.

When choosing a sport to take part in, it’s important to find one appropriate to your age, gender, lifestyle and level of physical fitness. Consult your doctor and have a full check-up first, bearing in mind any particular ailments such as diabetes. Even if you’re a little out of shape, you can still start at any age so long as you build up gradually. Be sure to warm up with stretching exercises before beginning any sporting activity.

Golf is a very popular sport among older people. It may look easy, but it’s a great way to exercise and stay fit, as well as socialise amid some beautiful countryside. Joining a local amateur football or cricket team is another possibility, although this will require more fitness and is not for those who haven’t exercised in a while, at least not immediately. Running, cycling and fishing are sports that you can begin at any time on your own, and chances are you’ll soon make new friends who share your enthusiasm.

Even if you don’t want to partake in a sport, just following one can also have many benefits. Take football for instance. Following your team gives you an interest in life, something to get passionate about and talk about with your friends. Going to a match gets you out of the house and socialising in an electric, uplifting atmosphere. Travelling to away games is a great way to see different parts of the country alongside fellow fans, young and old.

Formula One racing is another exciting and popular sport to follow. British drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are among the best in the world, and the older men behind the scenes like Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone are just as colourful; have a look at Max Mosley’s bio for the proof!

Participating in sport can increase life expectancy, energy levels and self-esteem, giving you the exercise that’s essential to your health while being a lot of fun besides. But even watching sports can be nearly as good, as cheering on your team will also raise your heart rate and increase your circulation. Following a sport is about enjoying life, which is the best health benefit of all.