Swimming is a form of recreation and exercise that offers numerous health benefits. Swimming is low impact, easily adaptable to individual fitness levels, and relatively accessible and inexpensive. When you talk about types of exercise that offer whole body benefits, swimming tops the list. Swimming is also a great form of exercise because it’s one that can easily be maintained to keep us healthy and flexible as we age.
Swimming is an ideal form of exercise for seniors because it’s so low impact and presents minimal risk of injury. Swimming works all areas of the body, allowing people of all ages to get in shape and stay healthy, all without additional physical stress or strain. Here are just a few more of the reasons why swimming and water exercises are such a great form of exercise, especially as we age.
Swimming Reduces the Risk of Osteoporosis
The very beginning stages of bone deterioration that leads to osteoporosis begins much earlier in life than we realize. One way to prevent osteoporosis, or prevent the condition from getting worse, is by improving bone mineral density. Swimming is a great exercise for building bone mineral density, which can help the third of women, and the fifth of men, over the age of 50 who suffer from osteoporosis related bone fractures.
As we age, the ability to maintain a fitness routine that includes regular cardiovascular exercise becomes difficult. It’s important to find activities that support cardiovascular health, that also don’t increase the risk of injury – as is the case with many forms of cardio exercises. Swimming boosts cardiovascular output, and as a result makes your heart healthier, stronger, and improves physical endurance.
Swimming Is Easy On Your Joints
Stiff, achy joints are one of life’s first little signals that we’re not as young as we used to be. Over time, joint pain and stiffness can worsen, making it uncomfortable to engage in any type of exercise. Swimming and other aquatic exercises are very low impact, partly because the water provides additional cushioning against impact. Swimming is a great form of exercise for people with arthritis, or injuries to the knees, hips, or spine.
Maintaining flexibility as we age is important for preventing and recovering from injuries. The movements used in swimming and water aerobics help to strengthen and stretch the muscles, which keeps them nice and supple for improved flexibility. This is part of the reason why swimming is a preferred form of exercise for people with back and neck injuries. Some time in the water is even better for improving flexibility when you spend time in a heated indoor pool, like the ones found at Lexington Square.
Feel Better and Be Healthier at Any Age
There are ways for people of all ages and fitness levels to enjoy exercise and work towards living a healthier life. At Lexington Square, we’re committed to providing all our residents with the opportunity to do just this. One way we focus on senior citizen health is by providing clean and accessible, heated indoor pools for our residents, and offering water aerobics classes that are designed for all fitness levels. We encourage you to schedule a tour with Lexington Square to learn more about our assisted living and independent living options.