A love of sports transcends age, with fans ranging from tiny tots dressed in team onesies to parents cheering on their teenage athletes. Seniors, too, enjoy catching games and matches on TV, but that's not the only way to show your love for your favorite team! Here are some other ways for seniors of all physical abilities to enjoy sports:
Go to a game
One of the best ways to experience sporting activities is to see one in person. You don't have to fork over a lot of money for box seats – although, more power to you if you want to! You can see a baseball game, catch a wrestling match or even cheer on an auto race from the stands. Consider bringing along some extra padding to sit on – bleacher seating isn't very comfortable. And be sure to lather on the sunscreen as a multi-hour soak in the sun can lead to an unpleasant burn.
Play with your grandkids
If you are able, try introducing your grandkids to your favorite sport! They may love spending time with you, learning how to throw a softball, hit a baseball, score a hockey goal or toss a dodgeball. Kids are often full of energy, and tiring them out through sports is a blast! Plus, sports aren't just about the players' physical abilities. Being involved in teams requires learning how to collaborate and use determination to work toward a goal – all important skills to instill in the next generation!
Organize a viewing party
You don't have to want to play sports to enjoy watching them! Many sports fans would never pick up a hockey stick and don all that padding, but they do love yelling at the screen when their favorite players skate down the rink.
"You don't have to play sports to enjoy them!
Talk with the administrators at your independent living community to see if you can organize a get-together where residents watch their favorite sports teams. If there is enough interest, make this a monthly gathering! Have everyone wear their team gear and bring some snacks to share. You'll be laughing and cheering together in no time!
Try a live coverage app
Thanks to technology, today's sports fans can keep up with all their favorite teams from their phone or tablet! The National Football League, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball and other big-time sports leagues all have their own applications. Simply purchase the app and download it to your favorite device. Then, choose your favorite teams and you'll receive special news about player trades, injuries and game delays. Plus, you can even watch matches and play digital versions of your favorite sport through these apps.
Sports aren't just a competition – they're a conversation starter. Knowing what's going on with your local teams will allow you to talk to other residents and even someone in line next to you at the pharmacy counter. A simple, "How about them (insert team name here)," is a great way to say hello and make new friends.