Most people already know that staying active is really important for older adults. However, there can be many different reasons why your loved one is choosing not to move around as much, especially when it comes to something new. Older adults can experience problems like joint pain, reduced flexibility, and even just the fear of getting injured.
With swimming, the added element of water can help to reduce the amount of strain on the body. Here are some benefits that make swimming one of the best exercises for older adults.
Improves Cardiovascular Health
When you are swimming or doing other types of pool activities, it gets your heart pumping and exercises the heart muscles. Studies have shown that by swimming constantly, you will be able to lower blood pressure and improve circulation. On top of this, many people feel a sense of calm when they enter the water due to a reduced heart rate – this means that you will be able to relieve any tension or stress and feel more refreshed when you leave.
Reduces Chances of Osteoporosis
By swimming more, you can help to improve your bone mineral density (BMD). This is because the bone is also living tissue and to adapt to increased or lowered activity, the body will also build more or less dense bone to adapt. This will help to deter and prevent osteoporosis. This is especially important for older adults as a fifth of men and a third of women over the age of 50 will experience at least one bone fracture due to the disease.
Increases Your Flexibility
As swimming is a full-body workout, there is a large range of motion involved that will lengthen your muscles, and thus, help your joints remain flexible. While it might not be the best exercise for regaining your flexibility or for stretching, you are essentially stretching your whole body during swimming, especially your legs, arms, neck, and hips. On top of this, it will also be able to help alleviate any back pain that you are suffering from and improve your posture.
Low Impact on the Joints
As swimming takes place in the water, it is not weight-bearing. This means that you are able to exercise without having additional stress on your joints that cause discomfort. Even if you are unable to swim fully, even doing different aerobic exercises and movements in the water will help to reap the benefits without stressing out your spine, hips, and knees.
Get Convenient Access to Amenities at The Park Oak Grove
At The Park Oak Grove, we believe in helping our residents to access the amenities they need. For many people, there may not be a swimming pool or fitness center that is senior-friendly near their accommodation, leading them to not pursue certain interests. At our senior living community, we offer many different types of balance, walking, exercise, and wellness classes so every resident will be able to have the lifestyle they want.
For more information on our programs, amenities, or housing options, contact us today.