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Physical fitness is an important aspect of a person’s overall wellness, but sometimes we have restrictions in our lives – sore muscles, bad joints, poor balance, or a lack of energy – that get in our way. However, that does not mean that exercise is out of the question altogether. Heading to the pool for water exercise is a great way to maintain an active lifestyle without putting a strain on the body.
Swimming exercises are great for all ages, but seniors can experience even more benefits to their health. Here are six specific benefits swimming offers to seniors:
Not a swimmer? Don’t worry! There are a variety of water exercises beyond swimming laps, such as water aerobics, water resistance training, and water relaxation that allow you to experience all the health benefits listed above.
Water aerobics typically includes water walking, dancing, and other traditional land-based aerobic exercises. Water resistance exercises might have participants do arm curls, leg swings, and calf raises while in the pool. Then, water relaxation exercises can assist with lowering heart rate, blood pressure and stress.
Overall, swimming exercises are great for anyone and everyone, but they’re specifically valuable for seniors to incorporate into their routines. So, improve your quality of life by hitting your local pool and joining a class. But before you do that, as with any new exercise routine, make sure you consult your doctor first.
At Crestwood Manor, we have daily aquatic exercise classes offered through our LivWell program, and they’re quite a hit! Residents enjoy the convenience of our on site, heated, indoor swimming pool, where they can swim laps, take a class, all without stepping foot off campus. Learn more about the engaging activities and vibrant living options offered at our continuing care retirement community in Whiting, New Jersey by contacting us today.