Treasure hunting with metal detectors makes an exciting hobby and exercise for seniors. Plus, you’ll be surprised at what treasures you can really find. Learn about the possibilities from our expert guest writer, Michael Bernzweig in the article below. Metal detecting is one of the do-able outdoor elderly activities that can be enjoyed with a little assistance – even from a wheelchair. Lots of fun for just about anyone to enjoy.
Metal Detecting: An Exciting Hobby
that Encourages Exercise for Seniors
By Michael Bernzweig
One of the many blessings of being a senior citizen is that you’ve finally got time to learn new things and take up new hobbies. But which one to start with? One hobby that’s excellent for seniors on many levels is metal detecting, and actual treasure hunting with metal detectors.
Metal detecting gets you up and outdoors, and is a good form of exercise for seniors in particular. It gets the body moving yet, at the same time, everyone can go at their own pace and comfort level. Sound interesting? Here to tell you everything you need to know to get started in this fantastic and always interesting hobby is Michael Bernzweig from MetalDetector.com.
What to Expect from Metal Detecting
Most of what you’ll be doing when out exploring and treasure hunting with metal detectors is walking. You will be carrying the machine too though, so be sure to consider getting a lightweight metal detector so it’s easy to maneuver.
The one thing about metal detecting that might require a bit of creativity with regard to some seniors is the bending and kneeling that’s involved to recover any treasure located by the metal detector. If bending is a challenge, you will want to get a sand scoop with a longer handle, and spend your time sifting through the sand on the beach. With the right sifter scoop in hand, you can minimize your range of motion. This is a great way to accommodate the hobby to your personal capabilities.
People from all age groups enjoy treasure hunting with metal detectors and all sorts of metal detecting. In fact, it is a great hobby to share with others. Heading out with an adult child and or young grandchild can be a fun way to spend time together. You will quickly see that it gets everyone some much-needed exercise, and your newly found treasure hunting partners can jump in and provide any assistance with kneeling or digging that might be required.
Good Places to Find Treasure
The best places to do treasure hunting with metal detectors and get some exercise are some of the most beautiful places too! Ideas include the park, old home sites, and a constant favorite — the beach. Just be sure to always get permission before entering private property, and you can enjoy your hobby pretty much anywhere.
As mentioned above, a lightweight metal detector will be the best option for seniors. Many current models way less than three pounds. From there, take the time to find out what’s the best metal detector for your particular needs. Consider first what you want to find when treasure hunting with metal detectors.
If relics are of primary interest, a metal detector with a lower frequency is best. Most relics are made from metals like iron, brass, and steel, which are picked up more easily by lower frequency detectors.
Maybe gold prospecting is what the metal detector will be used for most. In this case you will want a metal detector that operates at a higher frequency. These nugget-shooting metal detectors are perfect for finding natural gold nuggets. Locate just one and you will be hooked on this type of treasure hunting!
Coins, on the other hand, require good ground balance controls and a built-in pin point control for zeroing in on the items. You will also want a target identification meter. These newer models can even show you on the meter what you have found and how deep it is before you even dig.
The right metal detector also depends on the type of terrain that will be traversed on most outings. If that’s the beach for example, the metal detector to choose will include features like a water control box and Pulse Induction circuit to help avoid all the false chatter from the salt water and other “hot rocks” on the beach.
Metal detecting, especially treasure hunting with metal detectors, is one of the activities for seniors (and everyone else) that meets a variety of needs, including time outdoors. This is an activity that’s beneficial for mental and physical health; plus, it’s fun and easy exercise for seniors too. Try it today and see just how enjoyable and rewarding metal detecting can be!
About The Author: Michael Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He has traveled world-wide in his pursuit of educating, exploring and advising others in the proper use of metal detectors. Outside of the business he enjoys mentoring students, being involved in the community and spending time with his family.
Top Photo: Industry Expert Michael Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com getting ready to go treasure hunting with the XP DEUS Wireless metal detector. (Thanks to Michael Bernzweig for providing all photos on this page).
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