With the temperatures rising this summer what better way to stay fit than cooling off in your local pool. Exercise can seem dreadful in the heat, but aquatic workouts have been proven to be quite beneficial to seniors. Let’s take a look at the major benefits of water exercise for seniors.
Top 5 Benefits of Aquatic Exercise
Stay fit and cool this summer by hopping in the pool and getting active!
These 4 benefits will have you hurrying to your nearest pool:
1. Diabetes Under Control
Diabetes has become common in older adults, but physical exercise can keep it under control.
- People 40 years and older have higher rates of diabetes than younger age groups.
- Exercise on a regular basis to keep blood sugar levels to a minimum.
- Less than 30% of the patients can carry out regular workouts because they suffer from other health conditions such as excess weight, heart diseases.
- Water workouts help seniors remove all these barriers and allow them to carry out regular aquatic workouts to manage their diabetes.
2. Give the Joints a Break
Arthritis affects many older people, making normal exercise more difficult. Aquatic exercise makes for an easier option on their joints.
- Land-based workouts can become too difficult on the joints.
- Aquatic workouts are weightless and remove the stress and the pressure from the bones and joints making them extremely safe for individuals suffering from bone-related disorders.
3. Make Falls to a Minimum
Poor balance is common in seniors, which leads to frequent falls.
- Land-based exercise can be riskier for older adults.
- Swimming pools provide a risk-free space where they can carry out their regular aquatic exercises without the risk of falls.
4. Turn Into a Social Butterfly
Taking classes at your local pool can get you socializing and working out at the same time.
- Loneliness can cause functional and cognitive decay and may lead to a shorter life span as well.
- Joining a swimming group can build a social life for the seniors, which helps them make new friends.
5. Keep Strong and Healthy Bones
Regular exercise is important for seniors because it helps with maintaining a healthy bone density.
- Aquatic workouts have the same load-bearing effect as regular land-based exercises.
- High-intensity workouts in water also help seniors maintain their bone density.
No matter what age an individual belongs to, regular exercise is very important. Since it becomes hard for seniors to carry out land-based exercises thus water exercises come in handy when it comes to maintaining weight and health conditions. There are countless benefits of water exercises for seniors which is why many of them opt for aquatic exercises over land-based exercises.
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We offer a comprehensive activity program that includes both physical and social activities to encourage emotional well-being. Our staff is trained to assist those with depression. If you or a loved one are considering assisted living, contact Reno Valley today to learn more about our services or tour our community.