The Lakes, a 55+ active adult community, is Harmony’s newest addition. This community is home to a slew of amenities that can help keep you active and healthy at a crucial time in your life. Regular physical activity can relieve tension, anxiety, depression, and anger. A recent study showed that adults who watch more than four hours of television per day have an 80% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Replace those four hours with a low impact and fun activity like tennis or pickleball, and you can greatly improve your overall health and longevity. Let’s look at a few reasons why these sports are beneficial to those 55+.
Tennis is often referred to as the “sport for a lifetime”, but don’t worry if you haven’t picked up a racket before. The Lakes offers tennis lessons and group classes for those who wish to learn. Tennis is low-impact, burns more calories than most other exercises, and helps improve mobility. Tennis also lowers your blood pressure with its cardiovascular activity that is critical in preventing heart attacks and heart disease. Research has shown that the most effective effective methods of staying in shape involve taking up activities that not only get our hearts pumping, but that are also so fun and engaging, like tennis!
Pickleball, which looks very similar to tennis, is also a great sport that has some serious health benefits. Playing pickleball can boost your mood and overall mental health, burn calories, and causes fewer injuries due to the low-impact nature of the game. Pickleball specifically works on your balance and agility, and it also offers the same benefits of regular exercise. Like tennis, these include reducing your risk of heart attack and chronic disease, toning your muscles, and increasing your energy.
Regardless of what sport you choose to try at The Lakes, you can count on the health benefits that come with exercising. The rewards of being physically active are endless.