FunTivities: Baby Boomers Recreation & Activities
6th STEP: Having Fun Maintaining Body Tone & Glow
Exploring & Expanding Recreation & Activities
FunTivities: Baby Boomers Recreation and Activities is where we discuss – How To – resolve issues boomers may have incurred during chapter 1. Accompanying this category page you will find current, up-to-date informative articles. Boomers Magic “Pro Club” is proud to be a valued resource for boomers wishing to achieve higher quality mental & physical fitness using recreation and activities for a Fun Filled Chapter “2”!
FunTivities light the spark of baby boomers
“We don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing.” Thus spoke legendary baseball player Satchel Paige, who, at age 60, threw three shutout innings for the Kansas City Athletics. Satchel had an interesting perspective on the aging process. “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter,” he remarked.
1st STEP: Truths-n-Myths – Begin To “LiveLonger!
2nd STEP: TastyBuds – Spark Healing Habits Deliciously!
3rd STEP: Shake-n-Shape – Activate Body Tone & Glow!
4th STEP: Fountain-of-Youth – Expand Self-Esteem Looking & Feeling Fantastic!
5th STEP: Esty-n-Testy – Maximize Intimacy, Relationships & Romance!
6th STEP: FunTivities – Having Fun Maintaining Body Tone & Glow!
7th STEP: TravelCations – Bucket List of New Sights, Sounds & Sensations!
8th STEP: Pics-n-Snaps – Making History & Memories Last Forever!
9th STEP: Dig-n-Dirt – Enjoy Nature’s Sights, Smells & Tastes!
10th STEP: Stash-n-Cash – “LiveLonger” Demands Earn It, Grow It & Protect It!
It was actress Helen Hayes, who first said “age is not important, unless you’re a cheese” and as today’s baby boomer ages they would totally agree. Hayes, who continued her acting career well into her 80’s, and lived to 93, had it right when she also said “People who refuse to rest honorably on their laurels – when they reach retirement age seem very admirable to me.”
These two players had one thing in common: they knew the value of recreation and activities because they refused to stop playing. Chapter 2 of your boomer lifetime story does not mean an end to playtime. It’s an opportunity to broaden your horizons, discover new forms of recreation and activities plus begin to have fun again.
Recreation: The Meaning Behind the Word
“Crea” is the Latin root of the word “recreation.” It means “create.” The prefix “re,” of course, means “again.” Recreation thus means, “to create again.” In some case, this re-creation might refer to those activities you enjoyed playing as a child, including:
- Swaying your hips with hula hoops
- Skipping rope at school
- Negotiating the hopscotch course made of chalk on the sidewalk
- Bouncing around on big, colorful rubber balls
Isn’t it funny that during the late 1990’s, fitness professionals turned all of your childhood Fun-Tivities into their own exercise forms? In doing so, they took the “work” out of “workout” and re-created some of your fondest playing childhood memories. Recreation can either mean rediscovering the Fun-Tivities of your childhood, or finding newer, current day activities like pickle ball that re-creates the sense of joy you once experienced.
So where in the world does one discover these new Fun-Tivities? Hint: In most cases, they’re not hiding behind four walls!
Baby Boomers Need to Get Out of the Gym, Already!
As Baby Boomers, we started working out before it was hip to do so. Donning leg-warmers and headbands, we “worked for the burn,” as we became part of what a New York Magazine article called the Physical Elite. What caused this obsession with working out? One answer comes from the article quotes of Jim Fixx, author of The Complete Book of Running:
“A predisposing factor is that our society is currently in a distinctly self-centered mood, one in which the bestseller lists are flooded with such unabashedly narcissistic works as Looking Out for Number One, Designing Your Face, and Adrien Arpel’s 3-Week Crash Makeover/Shapeover Beauty Program. Having lost faith in much of society—government, business, marriage, the church, and so on—we seem to have turned to ourselves, putting what faith we can muster in our own minds and bodies.”
A few years later, technological advancements began producing indoor cardio equipment that simulated the outdoor experience, while allowing users to put on their headphones, read their smart phones and ignore the people around them. Times, however, were changing baby boomer. In 2006, Merrill Lynch conducted “The New Retirement Survey.” Its result indicate that baby boomers are morphing from the me generation into a we generation. So everyone was grabbing friends and going outside for some “we-creation.”
Start by Learning a New Sport
This idea is not as crazy as you think it sounds! As we baby boomers begin to get older, our reaction times slow down. Actively participating in a sport improves a Baby Boomers agility, which is defined as your body’s ability to respond to external stimuli without losing coordination, posture alignment or balance. You learn all of these things on the athletic field, in the fresh air and yes with friends.
It did not take long for the growth of the baby boomer population to inspire creative coaches to begin to modify their teaching methods to include the aging baby boomers. For example, a tennis school in North Vancouver, B.C. developed a program called FAST, which stands for “fast adult starter tennis.” The method engages the use of modified balls, courts and rackets used in the kid’s tennis program. The slower bounce of the ball makes it much easier for baby boomers to begin to feel successful and along with that comes coordination and balance. It is a win-win for everyone.
Geocaching: Treasure Hunts for Adults
Do you remember treasure hunts? Geocaching is real world treasure hunting for adult geeks and can be found all over the world. Using a GPS enabled device, participants navigate to various coordinates, in search of the geocache – a small box – that is hidden there. To join the fun, sign up for a free baby boomer membership on a geocache website, then search your zip-code for hidden geocaches near you. Create a baby boomer team and enjoy bonding time with friends and family. Nothing beats the spirit of discovery for re-creating new happy memories.
Baby Boomers Still Compete
Many organizations, such as the National Senior Games Association, have regional competitions for baby boomers who want to go for the gold. In fact, just about every sport has some sort of Masters Competition. Training for competition enhances and adds distinct, reachable and definable goals to your workout routines. A personal trainer might be able to suggest sport-specific exercises, which could help prepare you for your big game.
Recreation as a Vocation
The previously mentioned Merrill Lynch New Retirement Survey also found that many baby boomers want to cycle between periods of work and periods of leisure. Some combine work and recreation by becoming instructors for the sports they’ve loved playing throughout their lives.
Visit any ski area, and you will first hand notice this. Yes you will certainly find the young, “ski hunks,” but most of the ski schools lineup will always include some mature men and women in their 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’s. Often, their senior expertise makes them some of the most popular instructors at the resort. Other boomers choose to become walking tour guides in historic areas of their hometown. They sometimes get to play dress-up in period clothes, and stay active while walking around the town. How cool is that?
Exercising and teaching all in one baby boomer.
Do you have a new baby boomer recreational activity that you discovered within the last few years? Come on over to Boomer Voices and tell us about it! We would love to see you there and learn about your real life experiences on what it is like to you, being a baby boomer, and all your hands on experience and knowledge.
Baby Boomers helping one another become healthier version of themselves without the gimmicks or hype.
It just might be time to take that ride, right off to Sturgis to enjoy a different type of recreation and a unique set of activities!
This completes the summary of FunTivities – Baby Boomers Recreation and Activities. The recreation packed stories, articles and information that follow are sure to keep your palates eagerly anticipating new experiences with Baby Boomers Recreation and Activities found at the Boomers Magic “Pro Club”!
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