12 Leisure Activities for Over 50's

12 Leisure Activities for Over 50’s

12 Leisure Activities For Over 50’s

When it comes to exercise it is easy to believe that the only way to get in a good workout is to spend focused time at the gym. While individual exercise at the gym is definitely a great way to stay in shape, it’s important to not forget about all of the other options available for working up a sweat! Here we’ve compiled a list of 12 leisure activities that can be enjoyed at all stages of life. Best of all, not only will these activities keep you in shape, but many also double as a chance for socialization, competition, and fun!

  1. Biking

Cycling is a fantastic option for exercise, and is one of the easiest forms of physical activity to work into your everyday life. Cycling is a great alternative to other forms of transportation, allows you to explore your neighbourhood, and can offer a chance to socialize with others as well! You could also consider a more specific form of cycling, such as stationary cycling, road cycling, or trail cycling, depending on the local resources available to you.

  1. Swimming

Swimming is one of the best full-body exercises available. Exercises as simple as swimming laps work all of your major muscle groups and give you the benefits of both strength exercise and cardiovascular exercise! Even if you have never been a strong swimmer there are plenty of other water-based activities that you could try that often involve the use of flotation devices, such as AquaFit, AquaJogging, or AquaZumba. You may even decide to take adult swim lessons – a great way to learn a new skill while also getting in some exercise!

  1. Yoga

Yoga isn’t just for naturally flexible teenage girls! While yoga is often perceived as a specialized skill, a good yoga studio will have classes focused on teaching the basics to studio members of all ages and skill levels. Yoga is an excellent choice of leisure activity for clearing your mind of stressors while increasing your strength and flexibility. Best of all, yoga can be done any time and in any place, making it an ideal form of leisure activity for those with busy schedules.

  1. Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that being active outside is an impossibility – and there are far more enjoyable ways to exercise outside in the winter than shovelling snow! Strapping on some skis or snowshoes is a great way to enjoy the winter weather and spend time outdoors when the weather drops below freezing. Both of these activities are also easily shared with other adults and children, and the equipment is commonly available for rent at community recreation departments!

  1. Zumba: Zumba is a latin-inspired form of exercise through dance, and is a crowd favourite because of how well it combines fun with exercise. Best of all there are a number of different ways to ‘join the party’ – several videos are available online, and classes are usually a relaxed atmosphere focused on fun. As well, most gyms offer variations on the typical class, including low-impact Zumba for those concerned about joint pain or injury.


Walking truly is one of the best forms of activity you can incorporate into your day because of its mental and physical health benefits. Recently, several studies have shown that walking 7500 steps a day or more can greatly increase your overall health, prevent against several diseases, decrease your stress levels and help you to maintain mobility. Consider purchasing a pedometer to measure your activity levels throughout the day, and try to find ways to make walking or hiking a habit in your everyday life.

  1. Stand Up Paddle Boarding

If you live near a still body of water and have reasonably good balance, stand up paddle boarding is one activity that you should definitely try. This form of exercise works the majority of your major muscle groups, as your arms and shoulders are involved in paddling while your core and legs are constantly involved in stabilization. This form of exercise is an amazing way to enjoy water sports while moving at your own pace and exploring your local body of water without using a motorized boat or ski-do.

  1. Badminton

Badminton is a great way to socialize and engage in friendly competition while also working up a sweat. As an added bonus, it is also a great way to also improve your hand-eye coordination. Many communities will have a badminton court available for bookings or drop-in sessions, which can be a great way to meet new people interested in living healthy lifestyles!

  1. Fitness Classes

            It is becoming very commonplace for gyms to have a rotating schedule of fitness classes available to their members. Enrolling in these classes is a great way to have a professional watch you exercise and offer personalized tips for how to maintain a proper form. With plenty of diverse options available (ranging from bootcamps to BodyPump to aerobics) you are sure to find a class that you love!

  1. Community Sports or Coaching

If you grew up as an athlete, there is no reason why you can’t continue to be involved with sports you love as you age. Many communities offer for-fun non-competitive sports leagues for adults, which can be a great way to keep your skills sharp. Another option is to get involved in coaching youth sports teams – if you run the drills (and the sidelines!) along with your team, you’re sure to get in a great workout while passing on your knowledge to the next generation of athletes.

  1. Dance Classes

Dancing is another great way to stay in shape while having fun. Many dance studios offer classes specifically for adults in ballroom dancing, jazz, and ballet. This is a great way to learn a new skill or refresh the steps you’ve known for years while also building on your balance and strength abilities. Dance is also a great way to spend some quality time with your partner and allows you to exercise together in an enjoyable way!

  1. Gardening/Maintenance

You would be surprised by the number of household chores and activities that can give you a serious calorie burn! Hobbies such as gardening or performing outdoor maintenance around the house can serve as a great way to stay in shape while also engaging with the hobbies that you love. What a great excuse to spend some time contemplating your garden for this spring or household renovations that you’ve always dreamed about!


As you get older it can seem difficult to find ways to stay active. However, there are a surprising number of ways to stay involved with the sports and activities you have spent your life loving, and even more available activities that you may have never tried before. Make it a goal to try one or two new activities each season – while you may not fall in love with every new activity, chances are that you will find one you love! Once you find an activity that meets your individual needs for companionship, activity level, and competition, find ways to make it an integral part of your schedule so that participating in the activity becomes habit.

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