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Exhilarating Activities for Independent Senior Singles

Exhilarating Activities for Independent Senior Singles

SilverSingles is the premier dating app for over-50s singles. One of the most gratifying parts of running a dating site for mature singles is seeing how the definition of “older” has changed over time. People in their 50s, 60s, and 70s are enjoying a robust energy that was unimaginable in previous generations. Today’s seniors are embracing life, love, and relationships with renewed gusto. 

This is one of the reasons that SilverSingles prepared this real-life action and adventure guide for older people who still enjoy a healthy shot of adrenaline every once in a while. If you’re a single person in your 50s or older, buckle up —  this ride is for you!

Taking On Solo Adventures After 50

One of the best parts of being a single person of a certain age is that you don’t have to ask permission. If you want an adventure, you don’t need to run it by your wife, children, or parents. Friends might “recommend” that you opt out of some exciting excursion or another, but the choice is yours. The only question you should have is, “Where do I want to start?” Here are some ideas for solo adventures that you can take on today or in the near term with a little planning.  

Rent a Personal Watercraft

If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach or a major waterway, there are bound to be Jetskis, Waverunners, canoes, or kayaks for rent. You can learn to safely operate any of these in relatively little time if you don’t already know how. It’s a great way to get out in the fresh air, and you can literally feel your independence as you float, paddle, or jet through the water. 

Go on a Hike

If you’re already a walker, challenge yourself with a hike that doubles or triples your normal distance. It’s fantastic exercise, and you probably have everything you need sitting around the house: a water bottle, sunscreen, a hat, light clothing, and maybe a bag or backpack to carry snacks. 

Start a Sport or Join a League

There are a lot of ways to go with this. For instance, you can walk into a martial arts school and start training the same day. Or you can find a league that caters to older adults for nearly any sport. 

Spontaneous Travel

Pack a go bag and put it in your trunk or closet by the front door. Anytime you get a little bored, grab it, head out the door, and drive to a town you’ve never been to. Eat at a local diner, book an Airbnb or a small independent hotel, and check out the local attractions. Your go bag should contain a change of clothes, toiletries, a swimsuit, sunglasses, a good book, any chargers you might need, etc. 

This is just a short list of ideas. You’re only limited by your imagination. The point is that you’re living the life you envision for yourself.

Finding Hobbies for the Independent Senior Lifestyle

If there’s one thing that middle-aged and older folks know about life is that there are no one-size-fits-all hobbies. You’re going to want to find a hobby that suits your passions, lifestyle, and budget. Here are some factors to consider when you’re choosing a new hobby. 

Your Passion 

If you have a genuine interest in a new hobby, the time you invest to gain the requisite knowledge and skills will be part of the excitement. For example, some people love nothing more than donning a pair of rubber trousers and their handmade imitation flies and heading to the local river for some fly fishing. For others, this may seem like sheer boredom. Pick a hobby you’re excited about. 


How much time do you have to dedicate to a hobby? An hour a day? Three hours on the weekends? Just whenever you have a break in the day? Your hobby won’t be very rewarding if you don’t have any time to dedicate to it. Choose a hobby that realistically fits your schedule.


Don’t get discouraged if you have a tight budget. There are plenty of hobbies, sports, and pastimes that require a lot of money, but even more that don’t cost a fortune. For example, you can get a basic gym membership at many chains for under $20 per month. You can also take free classes on a number of different hobby-related subjects from YouTube. Of course, many adventures and hobbies are expensive — particularly if they involve travel. You can decide how much you’re willing to spend and what you can afford. 


Your personal health could be a factor in selecting a hobby. If your doctor suggests that you increase your cardiovascular activity, you may want to join a running or biking club. On the other hand, if you have physical limitations, these activities may be off the table. 

Outdoor Activities for Active Senior Singles

What can be more exhilarating than spending time outdoors? Use your love for the outdoors and nature to get in shape, meet new people, or just enjoy your surroundings. Here are some fantastic outdoor pastimes that are fun at any age. 

Become Master of the Grill 

If you love grilling, why not become the best griller in your city? Head out to the bookstore and pick up a new recipe book or watch some videos from master grillers. Host some small get-togethers to show off your enhanced skills. 

Train for a Marathon or Half-Marathon

This is clearly not for everyone, but if you’re decently fit and are looking to up your game, start preparing for a marathon. If you believe this is out of the realm of possibility for you, try getting ready for some 5ks, which are much more common. 

Join Walking Tours

How well do you know you’re town? This might seem a little touristy, but are you familiar with the history and lore of your area? You’d be surprised at how many cool and interesting happenings occur in every city. If you’ve already exhausted the tours in your area, plan a day trip to another city. 

Concerts and Sporting Events 

If you feel like getting outside but don’t want to break a sweat, check out what live music events are occurring in your area. If you have a favorite local sports team, check out what kind of packages they offer and buy a pair of tickets. You can always bring a friend or find someone on our senior dating app.  

Take a Cruise

This is obviously not something you can do every day, but cruises allow you to spend plenty of time outdoors on the deck. When you are ready to come inside, there are tons of indoor activities. You also have a cabin where you can catch up on your sleep. If a cruise seems out of your budget, you might find some fun boat tours or “booze cruises” in your area. 

Wellness and Fitness Pursuits for Independent Seniors

We live in an age where you can get a plethora of accurate, helpful information about health and wellness from your phone. In addition to the many apps that track health, nutrition, and exercise, many reputable doctors have YouTube channels and social media accounts where they impart useful advice. Ultimately, you’ll want to run any serious change in lifestyle by your doctor, but here are some ideas to help you stay fit and entertained. 

Burn Extra Calories 

While there are many approaches to weight loss, the simplest and most effective is to reduce your net calories. You can achieve this through diet, which decreases your calorie intake, or exercise, which burns calories that you’ve consumed. If you’re not ready for a serious diet, consider incorporating a 30-minute walk into your morning routine. This can knock 100-150 calories off of your daily intake, which might be enough to move the needle. 

Cardiovascular Exercise

One of the keys to healthy senior living is maintaining and improving the health of your heart and lungs. The better your cardiovascular conditioning, the more you’ll be able to accomplish. Additionally, aerobic exercise releases endorphins, which creates a natural high. 

Strength Training 

In recent years, medical experts have been doubling down on encouraging senior patients to partake in strength training. The benefits include increased muscle mass, higher metabolic rate, denser bones, and, of course, improved strength. Regardless of your gender, you should ask your doctor about incorporating strength training into your fitness regimen.


You don’t have to be in your 50s to feel like you’re losing mobility. People begin losing their flexibility in their 30s. Yoga is an amazing way to burn calories, increase strength, and improve flexibility, but it’s not the only game in town. Take time to learn about different stretches and what they do. You’ll be much less injury-prone, and you’ll move like you’re in your 20s. 

Find an Activity Partner

Being an independent senior doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Fun, exercise, and adventure are always more rewarding as a shared experience. Find a compatible partner with the SilverSingles dating app. Sign up today!

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