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Living Longer, Living Better

Competition can provide spark to active, older athletes

Healthy competition and group outings can help you reenergize your workouts — whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out

Middle age and beyond is not what it used to be for the recreation-minded. Older joints and all, lifelong athletes and late-to-the-game novices have many year-round options to keep moving, keep competing, and keep healthy.

For active middle-agers, stepping up the competition can provide new thrills and challenges to workouts - and a whole new social set to enjoy. But don’t be intimidated. Most competitive sports enjoyed by older athletes have an entry level for the novice and the wary, and a choice of abilities or pace for pretty much any duffer.

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