5 Fun After-Fifty Fitness Activities (outside the norm)

If you’re anything like me, you can get a little restless when you get locked into a pattern or a repetitious lifestyle. Some people were made for their daily 5am jog—some people were not. I like adventure! I like to do fitness activities that suffice my need to explore. I like to try new things, learn new things, and see new things. Do you yearn to go on new adventures? Find new places? Shake things up? Here are a few ideas of things that either A. I think are fun or B. I would love to try someday soon!

1. Scuba Diving

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons.

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons.

There’s something about strapping on the tank and getting in the water that is just amazing. Scuba diving is an excellent fitness activity, as swimming helps you build muscle without the stress on your joints—and it has been shown, over time, to improve lung function and breathing abilities! Scuba is also an incredible stress reliever. The act of exploring underwater—watching fishes—maybe even seeing a giant Pacific Octopus, if you’re up in the northwest like I am—and just gliding seemingly effortlessly through an underwater paradise will alleviate stress like you wouldn’t believe.

2. Parkour

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Photo from athleta.net.

Parkour is often shown off as young men leaping through urban spaces—but it’s far more adaptable (and safe) than leaping from one building to another with a huge drop below. Basically, parkour is the art of getting form one spot to another in the most direct way possible, using nothing but your body & surroundings to propel yourself. This might include climbing, jumping, swinging, rolling and running. An example of how to ‘parkour’ on your daily walk, try adding step-ups on a park bench. Or do little hops across the grass instead of jogging around the path. Pull out your jump rope and skip along the sidewalk. It is absolutely a full-body workout, and high-impact—but it looks like an awesome urban adventure. You can do it anywhere—and with anyone! Talk about a flexible workout plan!

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3. Sword Fighting

At first, I thought about listing “fencing”—but then I thought about things like Forza, and Kendo. Different kind of sword fighting techniques use different shapes & weights of blades, and emphasize different body parts in practice. In urban areas, a variety of sword fighting classes are shockingly easy to come by—and no, they don’t use real swords. If you’re looking for that competitive edge in your fitness routine, this might be the right choice for you!

4. Aerial Fitness

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Photo from here, labeled for reuse.

At first, when I heard about aerial fitness classes, all I thought about was circus performers… but then I realized this: Have you ever seen an aerial circus performer who appeared to be out of shape?

Aerial fitness opportunities, like trapeze, aerial yoga, hoop & silk work. It builds & requires strength, stamina, and a fall or two! It can seriously build your balance, increase your flexibility, and it looks like a ton of fun.

5. Trampoline Workouts

Photo from here.

Photo from here.

If you’re less into the high-impact jumping that comes along with parkour, you might want to look into a trampoline workout. Much like aerial fitness centers, trampoline gyms have been growing in popularity over recent years. Trampoline fitness classes focus on engaging the core on the rebound while simultaneously raising your heart rate for a good aerobic workout. They’re good for your balance, stamina, and core strength. And you get to unleash your inner kid!

Have any of you ever tried any of the activities listed above? Which ones? Share your own experience of trying new activities in the comments area below or on our Facebook page.

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