Retired women are staying active and keeping fit, and although sports like golf and bowling are definitely on the list of popular leisurely physical pursuits, tai chi and yoga offer a workout as well as mood enhancing and maybe even spiritual benefits. Even activities like vigorous gardening are helping seniors develop lower heart rates and improved endurance.
When it comes to keeping in shape, seniors take exercise where they can find it, and turn their efforts into opportunities for social interaction, too. In 2002, almost one in every five fitness club members was over 55. Today parks, libraries, community colleges, senior centers and national organizations are offering more programs for active retirees than ever before.