These women are not going to be knitting your kids booties any time soon! Well, maybe after the game. Introducing, the National Senior Women’s Basketball League! This league consists of women 40+ who love the game of basketball. These women are not going to be told they can’t compete. Currently, there are teams and tournaments being held all over the country. The league is split up by age there is even a 80+ group that plays for the championship!
If you think about it - a team sport like basketball is the perfect way to stay active for seniors. The healing process takes longer as we age, but exercise can help. Active adults have wounds that heal as much as 25 percent faster than those who do not exercise. Beginning an exercise program now, before an incident occurs, may allow your aging loved one to benefit from improved healing and a faster recovery after an injury or surgical procedure. It has also been proven that social activity is crucial to the mental health of seniors. This helps reduce or reverse negative affects like memory loss and depression.
So, basketball is both a very active and very social sport! It involves both physical activity and social interaction. These women are not as fragile as one might assume. It may be a great idea to have a senior citizen you know enter this league. Or, at least encourage them to do it at their local gym or senior centers. I guess it is true what they say. “AGE AINT NOTHIN BUT A NUMBER”!
Wake up and WIN!
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