Your physical health and your hearing abilities are more closely tied than you might realize. Staying active—especially during your golden years—delivers many benefits: physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.
But what’s the best way to choose an enjoyable physical activity that fits your lifestyle and hearing abilities?
Below, we’ll talk about the connection between your hearing health and overall well-being, and why you should make the effort to keep moving if you’re over 50. And of course, we’ll also cover some activities you can enjoy with age-related hearing loss.
Why you should stay active if you have age-related hearing loss
Can you imagine taking a fitness class at your gym or local fitness studio and not being able to hear the instructor explain the class? Not only would that be frustrating, but you may be deterred from attending another class in the future.
Don’t let this sideline you!
There are plenty of ways to stay in shape—and enjoy yourself in the process—even with hearing loss.
How you can stay active, even with hearing loss
When staying active it is important to pick a movement you enjoy. If you enjoy what you are doing, then you are more likely to do it! Experts recommend 15 minutes of moderate activity a day to stay healthy. Here are five low-impact activities participants with all levels of hearing abilities can enjoy.
Whether you take an early morning walk on your own, take a quick afternoon walk around the block—or go for an evening stroll with a friend, family member, or Fido—walking is one of the easiest ways to stay active. Beginner? Start off slow with 10 minutes of walking then gradually increase your time to 15 minutes, 20 minutes, and so on. Before you know it, you may be clocking several miles!
Biking is one of the most popular activities for adults over the age of 50. Biking can be a great way to explore your surrounding neighborhoods. See if your community has accessible bike paths near you. Grab a group of friends and make a day of it! You can even book a bike tour through groups and organizations like Senior Cycling or Bicycle Riding for Boomers.
Like walking, swimming is a low-impact activity that gives your cardiovascular system a workout while going easy on both your bones and joints. Research has even found regular (and fairly intensive) swimming can delay the decline of certain age markers like blood pressure, muscle mass, blood chemistry, and pulmonary function.
Golfing is a great activity for baby boomers who want to stay active but may experience minor health conditions such as arthritis. Playing golf builds flexibility (i.e. swinging a golf club). Plus, when you golf you may walk several miles in just one round!
Yoga is another low-impact activity that is easy on the joints, builds muscle strength, and increases overall flexibility. Just 20-30 minutes of light stretching and yoga postures make for a great workout!
Don’t let difficulty hearing stop you from enjoying life and staying active. Make a sound investment in you, your hearing health, and your overall well-being by contacting or visiting a Connect Hearing location.