With the Olympic Games in full swing, all eyes are on Rio de Janeiro, where Team USA is poised to take home medals in a number of sports, and where 10,500 world class athletes, representing 206 countries, are each striving to deliver their personal best in their chosen sport.
Around the world, millions of people are tuning in to watch part of the 7,000 hours of television coverage of the 31st Olympiad. Here in the U.S., “Armchair Athletes” are familiar with gymnastics, swimming, diving, tennis, volleyball, equestrian events, and more; and we’re often getting a first glimpse of televised competition in sports such as field hockey, rugby, fencing, and water polo.
While the Olympics take center stage right now, the hope is that spectators will be inspired to be fit and healthy with their own athletic endeavors, regardless of age or ability.
In fact, Active Adults have their own biennial tournaments, thanks to the National Senior Games Association (originally the National Senior Olympics Organization), founded in 1985, in St. Louis, MO. NSGA brings together Active Adult Athletes – men and women ages 50 and over – every two years, to compete in 19 individual and team sports, including:
- Road Race (5K and 10K)
- Swimming (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle, and individual medley)
- Table Tennis
- Track & Field (discus, hammer, high jump, javelin, long jump, pole vault, shot put & triple jump)
- Triathlon (400-meter swim, 20K cycle, 5K run)
Each year, Active Adult Athletes compete in the Georgia Golden Olympics; every other year, the GGO sends representatives to compete in the National Senior Games, which will be held in 2017 in Birmingham, AL.
But the goal of promoting Active Adult Athletes is not simply to compete for medals. NSGA and its affiliates are dedicated to “motivating active adults to lead a healthy lifestyle through the senior games movement.”
The organization emphasizes the concept of Personal Best: overcoming obstacles, surviving challenges, and staying motivated throughout one’s lifetime. Staying active results in greater longevity, and an improved quality of life through health and fitness.
At Windsong, outdoor activities include walking (or running) along each community’s wide sidewalks, gardening in each home’s private courtyard, and staying active with neighbors who become lifelong friends. And if any of our homeowners participate in the GGO or NSGA, we’d love to hear about it!
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