Swimming is an ideal workout for the elderly, mainly because it presents little risk of injury and is low impact. Water exercises work out all the muscle groups in the body, presenting a complete workout for seniors.
There are four basic types of water exercises those of all ages can enjoy. Water aerobics is offered at many local gyms and fitness centers and are usually tailored to seniors. These usually entail water walking, dancing, and other aerobic exercises that resemble classes on land.
Basic swimming is also one of the most beneficial forms of physical activity for seniors. If you are a little rusty on your technique, sign up for a class and in no time at all, you’ll be able to work your way up to swimming for thirty minutes at a stretch.
There are also water resistance exercises, like doing arm curls, leg swings and calf raises, all while in the pool. Instead of standard strength training equipment like weights, the water will act as resistance.
Finally, water relaxation exercises can also assist with lowering heart rate, blood pressure, and stress. Aqua yoga and Pilates are common water relaxation methods used in senior swimming classes.
Improve your quality of life by hitting your local pool! As with any new exercise routine, make sure you consult your doctor before you start.