3. Walking Football
For those who were keen footballers in their youth but haven’t felt able to play for a while, walking football is a perfect option when they get older. Created in 2011, this sport has really taken off since then. This gentler version of football may be more appealing to the elderly.
Walking football is specifically for those who are over 50 years old and may have believed that their footballing days were over. Its rules are similar to that of a regular five-a-side game except for the most important rule: No running! If any player is caught running by the referee, the opposite team receives a free-kick.
Walking football gives players the opportunity to play the beautiful game with a twist. Although it bans players to run, it still helps to keep their legs moving in a good cardiovascular workout. Moreover, walking football means you can exercise without having to over do it and put your health at risk.
Squash is an indoor racket sport giving the whole body a great workout. Players’ aim is to hit a hollow rubber ball against the four walls of the court so that the opposition cannot return the ball.
Squash players can burn an average of 500 calories if they play the sport in half an hour. Running and reaching for the ball means that all your joints will receive a good workout, helping you to reduce your risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes. As it is a two or four-player game, this racket sport is also a sociable game that you can play with your friends. If your local gym or leisure center has a court, it could be a good way to encounter new people who share common interest.