Getting exercise can be tough when your bones and joints aren’t what they used to be. Running and even walking can really be a pain in the knees. Lifting weights could be dangerous if not lifted properly and many seniors cannot strain themselves. If only there was a better way!
Well there is: Water Aerobics! Going to the pool has always been a wonderful pastime amongst families for generations. Swimming, a very popular sport, is a great cardiovascular workout without all of the strain on joints and muscles. With the easy resistance of the water, workouts are less impacting and can potentially burn more calories than a daily jog! While working out the heart, this exercise can slow down the age-impact of muscle loss and help you gain metabolism. And don’t worry if you don’t know how to swim: you’re in waist deep water.
Arthritis, a very common ailment amongst senior 55+, has been thwarted by the recent study discoveries of the benefits of aqua exercise. The symptoms of rigid joints and arthritis dissipate as you enjoy your fun in the water; you don’t even realize you’re exercising!
In the water, exercise also helps with lung capacity and water safety. Everyone needs to be careful around water and so with these types of exercise, you learn more about water safety, how to float, and how to swim to safety. Many of these lessons are life saving in the event of a water accident.
Just remember: it’s never too late to start!
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