Who said you had to play cards, do crossword puzzles and practice knitting when you get older? Yes, these are fine activities to do with your spare time, but if you haven't lost the spring in your step you might be looking for a little more in your golden years.
There are still plenty of exciting activities you can do as you get older. And, now that you're retired you have all the time to try out those things you've always wanted to do - assuming your health allows it, of course.
Check out these three extreme activities that will have you laughing in the face of old age - and danger:
1. Keep up with parkour.
The New York Post found a group of seniors over the age of 60 who were engaging in a parkour training class every week. If you've never heard of this sport before, it's basically acrobatics you do on the street that is typically performed by more mobile participants. However, these gravity-defying moves were designed to help seniors with arthritis regain strength and flexibility. It's a lot of action, so it's best to consult your doctor or senior caregiver before jumping into this activity.
2. Time to try sky-diving.
Everyone's contemplated jumping out of a plane at least once in their life - for recreation, of course - so why wait any longer? Nothing grabs the bull by the horns more than voluntarily propelling yourself from 40,000 feet in the air. Again, make sure you consult your caregivers to make sure this is an appropriate activity for you!
3. Get a tattoo.
Why not get a tattoo? The Washington Post recently reported about retirees getting tattoos they'd always wanted when they were younger but were too afraid to do. Darlene Nash, a 57-year-old grandmother, explained her hesitation when she was younger and her new-found confidence now.
"When I was young, I worried about what other people thought, but as I got older I didn't care. I think with maturity comes a certain level of confidence," she said.
The source explained that artists have to make modifications for older clients as skin becomes more delicate and bruises more easily, but it can still be done. There's also new studies suggesting that receiving multiple tattoos helps strengthen the body's immune system and fight common colds, reported Daily Mail. This is you're putting your body through some stress, but after getting several inking sessions, you body's response to the pain becomes stronger. So yes, it might be a bad-boy move, but it might also help your senior care as well!
Source: Sunrise Senior Living