health care

The best sports activities to do to stay healthy

There are countless activities where exercise will help you maintain a healthy state. Swimming, cycling, yoga and tennis are all easy to do and can give you a good health boost.  All these sports help you to maintain your cardiovascular health, work on your flexibility and balance without putting your knees at risk.

Swimming

Swimming is a great way to build muscle mass, while remaining a low impact sport.  You can do a variety of activities in the pool: laps, aquafit or water aerobics, and many community centres and pools offer swimming classes suitable for adults.  Swimming has also been shown to improve balance, reducing the risk of falls.

Cycling

Cycling won’t be too hard on your knees – they won’t bear as much weight when you’re on the bike – and will provide a good cardiovascular workout.  Cycling is great for couples and can be a very sociable activity if you join a cycling club or group.  There are some amazing cycling routes all over the world – a great thing to build a holiday around.

Yoga

Yoga is good for maintaining flexibility and muscle strength.  It’s a very adaptable form of exercise and classes can be as challenging or relaxing as you like.  It has been shown to reduce stress, improve mental well-being and can help prevent the spread of middle age.  It’s also a great social activity – you can go with friends or your partner.

Tennis

The United States Tennis Authority has stated that tennis can increase longevity, aerobic capacity and burn calories.  It’s also a great way to improve coordination and balance.  You can spend time with friends, you can play doubles with your partner and tennis clubs are great social centres.  You can also play in your neighbourhood – many communities and parks have tennis courts. Playing tennis is about being healthy.