How can I choose a new sport if I am middle-aged?

If you're middle aged and want to try a new sport, you'll find clubs or classes in many sports through local groups, gyms and specialty facilities such as skating rinks, tennis centers or indoor rock-climbing facilities. While you're taking lessons in your new sport, you also should be working on building your overall flexibility, strength and endurance. You can then incorporate these new skills into the activity.

Choose a new activity that's kind to your body while giving you a good workout. Sports involving jumping, twisting or pounding can be tough on your joints. Consider gentler (but no less satisfying) choices, such as the following:
  • swimming
  • deep-water running
  • cross-country skiing
  • snowshoeing
  • in-line skating
  • cycling
  • rowing
  • karate, tai chi, soo bahk do (a Korean martial art)
Some physically tough sports can be adapted to keep the fun and exercise without the likely injury risk. Consider "Granny Basketball," a sport played by several teams of women in Iowa, all age 50 or above. Modeled on girls' basketball rules from 1929, players wear bloomers, long-sleeved shirts and high socks. There's no running (but hurrying is allowed), no jumping and no physical contact.

People with arthritis are encouraged to participate in low-impact activities, such as water aerobics, cycling, yoga or Pilates. 

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