At EVELO, we’re big believers in the old adage that “age is just a number.” You can see it in our bikes and the people who love them; we’ve taken people who were 60 through 80 and had felt unhappy just sitting at home, and turned them into fun loving electric bikers, who can now cruise around town whenever they want, with or without their kids & grandkids.
So, it bring us great pleasure to see another organization that’s adopted this same mentality. In Europe, Spain is building playgrounds and parks specially made for retirees and golden-agers. Check out the video below!
You might be thinking – what’s so special about playgrounds for seniors? Well, beyond the general fact that they’re FUN, they offer a number of great benefits.
First off, they encourage mobility; this keeps you more flexible and nimble, and is good for not just your joints but your heart as well.
Second, by getting seniors out and about, it helps them make friends, stave off depression, and build stronger social bonds with their families and their community as a whole.
Case in point, “…once you stop moving, things go badly. If you exercise you feel better,” says retiree Manuel Francisco Martin. “When you go up a couple of steps you don’t get out of breath. When you walk for 10 minutes you feel calm and relaxed.”
Not only are these playgrounds heart-smart, they’re smart from a fiscal perspective too. With 40 to 45 percent of Spain’s population soon to be retirees, (according to PRI) it behooves the state to keep that population healthy. Instead of dealing with huge medical bills down the line, this program instead lets them spend far more modestly on playgrounds that not only look good, but do good as well. Now that’s a win win!
No playground near you? Well make your own fun, by hopping on the latest and greatest EVELO electric bike.