Low Impact Sports for Seniors

As more seniors are retiring, senior living communities in Savannah are providing more activities for seniors to gain health benefits and to feel a part of a team. There are plenty of activities that seniors can do that are low impact and still fun.

Bocce Ball

The physical aspects of bocce ball can be made easier with the use of ramps or adapters so everyone can enjoy it. There is also a mental aspect of bocce ball that many seniors enjoy as they learn more about the game and ways to strategize to get points. It can be played as a team, so there is a great social aspect to it. Marshes of Skidaway Island offers bocce ball every Sunday at the Cottages Park.

Shuffleboard

The game can be played indoors or outdoors, making it a great choice for Savannah senior living communities. Basic rules can be learned in just a few minutes, making it a great choice for seniors. Like bocce ball, shuffleboard provides low impact exercise as well as a mental aspect. Seniors can learn strategies and continued improvement of the game for an even greater challenge.

Ping Pong

Ping Pong has some movement, but it’s a no-contact activity so there is not a huge risk for injury. Seniors can play one on one or join up and form teams, giving it a good social aspect.

Pickleball

Pickleball is a mixture of badminton, ping pong and tennis and can be enjoyed by people of all ages, especially seniors. It’s low impact and the team aspect helps seniors form friendships. Any tennis court or badminton court can be modified for the game and the only equipment that is needed is a paddle and a ball. The ball is similar to a whiffle ball and there are different versions for indoor and outdoor play. There are also many different types of paddles for every skill level.

If you are interested in an active senior living community, The Marshes is right for you! Visit or contact The Marshes of Skidaway Island for more information and schedule an appointment to see the community by calling 800-889-6238.

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Senior Pool Exercises

If you’re a senior looking to get into the water to get your exercising in, you’re in luck. Working out in the water can be very beneficial, and most of your water exercises are very similar to the exercises performed working out on land. There are a few different activities that make up water exercise programs, from water aerobics to general aquatic classes. If you have a pool at your Savannah senior housing facility, try these exercises on for size.

Water Exercises

There are a number of different exercises you can do in the water, and here is s good list of some of the more common ones to try:

  • Jumping jacks
  • Side bends
  • Hopping
  • Stretching
  • Cross country ski movements
  • Walking
  • Aerobics
  • Ballet
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi

When you perform exercises in the water, it eliminates muscle and joint pain that generally come along with exercising. The buoyancy helps to support your weight when you’re in water, therefore less stain is placed on your body. Your joints and bones move more freely when in the water.

Water also provides more resistance than air. Overall, exercises done in the water provide the same health benefits, but you can get the exercises done in less time. Add some more fun to your exercises by using hand paddles, beach balls, Styrofoam dumbbells and noodles.

Benefits

The benefits of working out in the water include an increase in metabolism, increased muscle tone, increased strength, a reduction in cholesterol levels, improvement in posture, building lean muscle, an improvement in agility and flexibility, and an increased freedom of movement.

It’s very important that you warm up your muscles before you begin your exercise program, just as you would when exercising on land. You should also end your routine with a set of cool-down exercises. And who knows, maybe you’ll end up getting other residents of your Savannah senior housing facility in on the fun.

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Mexican Train Tips and Tricks

Many people at Savannah Retirement Homes enjoy playing Mexican Train Dominoes. Some folks find enjoyment in this game through being able to chat with their friends. For these folks, the game is secondary to the company. However, other people are interested in the game out of a thirst for winning. If you happen to be one of these people, check out these tips and tricks for Mexican Train Dominoes.

Keep Your Train Private
Always strive to keep your train private. If you are playing to win, why would you want to give your opponents another place to put their dominoes? If your train goes public, you’ve given your opponents a leg up in the game. Only let your train go public if you truly have no other options.

Play On Your Own Private Train First
If you have different places you can place a domino, opt for your own private train first. Public trains are public because their owners have run out of options. These lack of options are good for you and bad for them. You don’t want to free up an opponent’s train for him or her.

Keep Public Trains The Same

Feel free to play on a public train if your domino will change the end of the train back to the number that caused the train to go public. This will probably keep the train public for the owner, and that gives you an advantage. Remember, you always want public trains to stay the same.

Use Doubles To Your Advantage
As the game draws to a close, consider using your doubles strategically. By placing a double, you are limiting the number of dominoes that can continue the train. Since players are low on dominoes near the end of the game, this makes it hard for other players to finish that particular train. In other words, hold those double dominoes until the end! That is the point of the game where they can be played defensively.

Chat It Up

People love to play Mexican Train Dominoes for the social factor. This means you should give people a reason to talk! If you are busy chatting it up with other players, they may miss out on some key plays. This will work to your advantage in the long run!

Play Mexican Train at our Savannah Retirement Homes
Use these tips and tricks to win your next game of Mexican Train Dominoes. You just might become the champion of Savannah Retirement Homes!

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