Recreation isn’t reserved only for the young and the restless. Interesting past times and mood lifters are especially enjoyable, as well as beneficial, for senior citizens. But there are more activities for this class of people than quilting, bingo, and bridge.
Start a “Healthy Heart Club”
It’s common knowledge that heart disease is a growing cause of death among all age groups, but is more probable among seniors. Fighting heart disease can be fun and exciting with a healthy heart club. Several components make up a healthy heart club, which is what keeps it fresh and appealing:
- Mundane Monday – Ingrained in the psyche is the thought that Monday is a drag-along day to help you recover from the weekend. As such, Mundane Monday fits neatly into the mold. Reserve your laid back energy for this day. Pick a fun movie to watch with grand kids (at least six years old or older); prepare something healthy, exotic, and different to eat during the movie–not just traditional popcorn. Afterwards, sit and discuss highlights of the movie; let the children explain what they learned from it. Have a “rush walk” to end activity for the day. This is where the kids count to 20, while the seniors walk as fast as they can to get as much of a head start as they can. After reaching the number 20, the kids can now start walking fast (to catch up with the adults and pass them if they can).
- Wild Wednesday – the best thing a woman can do is have lunch with her friends, window shop, and visit a museum, the library or the spa. And the best thing men and women can do together is flirt with each other. Marriages are healthier when partners keep up the flirt. If it’s a mixed gender healthy heart club, a day of dancing and laughter is just what the doctor ordered.
- Festive Friday – Embrace life. If you’re over 60, use Friday to re-visit your 50s. Start with adventure, and end with intrigue. Begin by sitting on the edge of your bed to collect your thoughts. Go to the park, beach, museum, or mall; spend a quiet morning with yourself–because it gets more festive as the day wears on. The next phase of activities kicks in by noon; this is when you’re with friends.
You can choose any day of the week and assign a variety of interesting, fun, and heart healthy pastimes to it. It’s not necessary to join a health club or risk strenuous exercises. You’ll find your imagination knows no boundaries when it comes to planning activities for your heart healthy club.