Many people already know that exercise is crucial for having a healthier heart, stronger muscles, better flexibility, and improved mood. There are also the added benefits of helping to chances of getting injured and cognitive benefits.
However, it also shouldn’t be ignored that it can be harder for older adults to find an activity that suits their fitness levels and is also interesting. For individuals who are interested in becoming more active, swimming is extremely helpful for the elderly. Here’s why.
Swimming Has Many Health Benefits
We believe that swimming is the ideal workout for older adults because of two reasons – there is a lower risk of injury and also has a low impact on the joints. In fact, exercises done in water can be a full-body workout that engages the different muscle groups. There are many different benefits, including:
- Improving cardiovascular health
- Reduces the probability of contracting osteoporosis
- Improves flexibility, muscle tone, and strength
- Reduces stress levels and boosts your mood
- Improve respiratory health
Different Exercises to Try in the Pool
When it comes to the pool, the first thought that comes to anyone’s mind is swimming. Swimming is definitely a great exercise, but it can be intimidating to start off with if you are not comfortable in the water or have not learned how to swim. For beginners, there are other alternatives to try.
For example, water resistance activities like leg swings and calf raises can be safely done in the pool. By using water as resistance, it negates the need for equipment like weights or resistance bands.
Water aerobics is another common category of water exercise that is offered at many fitness centers. Whether you want to try water dancing, walking, or other forms of aerobics, the pool is a great way to explore while reducing the impact on your joints.
Lastly, water relaxation exercises are amazing as a restorative activity. Not only are they a great way to manage stress, but they have also been shown to be able to lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Common examples are aqua pilates or aqua yoga classes.
Get Easy Access to Amenities at Conservatory At Alden Bridge
One factor that might keep older adults from trying out swimming or pool exercises is the inability to get to a pool or the lack of senior-centric programs at your local fitness center. Here at Conservatory At Alden Bridge, we offer a large array of different amenities like a heated swimming pool and fitness center to all the residents in our senior living community.
We firmly believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to live their best life without stress or worries. This is why we have created a beautiful residence with many amenities on-site right at your doorstep as well as housekeeping and maintenance services to relieve most of your responsibilities.
To find out more about our housing availability, fitness programs, or our senior living community, contact us today by filling in this online form or by calling us at 832.843.9962.