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Does Your Retirement Include Favorite Sports?
Not everyone likes to play a sport, but many people around the world like to watch sports. In the United States, baseball continues to delight as our favorite past-time. Indiana claims basketball as its favorite sport. Football comes in first for some and second for others. As an active adult at Westminster Village, you have access to Purdue sports for both men and women. Many of you probably enjoy going to the game or watching it on TV. But, what is your favorite sport?
In today’s global world, many people watch all kinds of sports on television. The website, Top End Sports, lists the world’s favorite sports by fans.
- Soccer – 3.5 billion estimated fans and regionally popular in Europe, Asia, Africa and America
- Cricket – 2.5 billion, popular in Asia, Australia and the UK
- Field hockey – 2 billion, popular in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
- Tennis – 1 billion, popular in Europe, Asia America
- Volleyball – 900 million, popular in Europe, Australia, Asia, America
- Table Tennis – 850 million, popular in Europe, Africa, Asia, American
- Baseball – 500 Million, popular in America, Japan
- Golf – 450 million, popular in Europe, Asia, America, Canada
- Basketball – 400 Million, popular in America
- American Football – 400 Million, popular in Europe, Africa, Asia, America, Australia
The top ten list shows such a small number of popular sporting events. You might enjoy cycling sports, water sports, and sky/wind sports. You might have a favorite motor sport especially if you have lived here in Indiana; the home of the “greatest spectacle in racing.” You might know it as the Indianapolis 500.
Motor sports are exhilarating and action packed
Motor sports, popular both here in the U.S. and abroad have always proved to be exciting. You can watch the “Indy cars” at the Indianapolis 500 and other tracks. Nascar and Formula One racing provide spectators exhilarating competition across the country. But, you don’t have to stop with these big-time races. At small tracks, teens and adults compete with go-karts and mini-cars.
Seniors engage in very active sports
Cyclists complete with strength, stamina and miles of riding. While few would probably try it, active adults have been known to try daring sports like skydiving. Our former president, George H.W. Bush went skydiving on his 90th birthday.
Some seniors might want calmer sports
Some sports entertain us in a much less active manner. Bowling, chess, golf and fishing don’t require hitting, kicking, or running. You might consider them slower-paced, quieter and more relaxing sports, but we enjoy them nonetheless.
Why do so many active adults enjoy sports?
Red Shannon of the Bleacher Reporter says it’s because sports:
- inspire us
- touch the depth of our emotions
- let us believe in the impossible
- engage our minds
- provide the element of danger
- give us a place in history
- validate our competitive nature
Shannon says, “I realize that sport impacts us at every level of our being: body, mind, soul and spirit. Is it any wonder we’re so fascinated by it?”
No matter whether you like to participate or watch sports. No matter whether you want action-packed, aggressive sports or something quiet and relaxing, sports can take you away from the every-day stresses or the mundane. It’s a social activity that brings us all together. Residents at Westminster Village can enjoy sports at Purdue, watching on their own TV or joining friends for outings.
-Elaine of the Westminster Village Blog Team