What types of swimming exercises are there?
Water exercises come in four basic types and are suitable for people of all ages. The first would be water aerobics and can be tailored specifically for seniors at the pool at your independent living center. These exercises usually are dancing, water walking and other types of exercises; exercise that are similar to what can be done out of the water.
Basic swimming is also extremely beneficial for seniors as a second type. If you’re a little hesitant about swimming, you can usually take a refresher course. Additionally, water resistant exercises such as leg swings, arm curls and calf raises can all be done while in the water for the third type. The water acts as resistance as the exercises are performed.
Finally, to lower the heart rate, blood pressure and a person’s stress levels; water relaxation exercises can be performed. Some of these would include Pilates and aqua yoga.
Benefits of swimming for seniors
If a senior swims for just two and a half hours a week, this can not only reduce the risk of chronic illness, but can improve problems associated with diabetes and heart disease. Swimming will also help to maintain bone health. It will increase flexibility in the arms, legs, hips and neck too. This will lead to reduced back pain, sore muscles from daily activities as muscles are strengthened, as well as a better posture and muscle coordination. Because of swimming’s aerobic nature, it boosts the health of the heart additionally.
Swimming can make a senior an all-around healthier person.