Professional sports are a young man’s (or woman’s) game. Stars are often past their prime by their mid-30s, and this can lead people to believe that sports and exercise are only important on the first side of the hill. Nothing could be further from the truth. Researchers have discovered that in men over the age of 40 who began exercising after a lifetime of avoiding physical fitness, the chance of cardiovascular problems went down by 55.While some sports will definitely be out of your zone (no rugby, for example), there are a variety of activities that people of all ages can enjoy, and which provide benefits well into later age. Bowling is one sport which can keep your mind and body strong as you age. It’s so widely applicable, in fact, that it’s also an official sport of the US Deaf Sports Federation, the Special Olympics International, the National Disability Sports Alliance, and the American Wheelchair Bowling Association.Yoga and tai-chi are also increasing in popularity with people in later age. Based around breathing and slow movements, they are perfect for people with weak joints or other ailments. Simply stretching at certain times during the day can also be beneficial, as long as you follow proper form as you do so.You can always ask your doctor for advice on what sorts of exercise are right for you. Remember that golf is also considered a sport, and in addition to improving individual skills, can also lead to a greater sense of community in later age. Experiment (safely), and see what works with your particular skill level. And remembersports and exercise are supposed to be fun, so make sure you always leave the court, field, or pool with a smile on your face.