Physical fitness is a great addition to anyone’s life. The benefits of exercise are too numerous to ignore―it can boost your mood, improve your quality of sleep, and enhance your mobility and flexibility. These benefits, in turn, will help you maintain your independence.
Yet, the issue some older adults run into is the restrictions on their bodies. For example, chronic conditions like arthritis can make moving painful. The good news is that sore muscles, bad joints or poor balance won’t get in your way at the pool. The pool is a great place to enjoy swimming exercises that will not put a strain on the body.
Studies show that swimming exercises offer several great health benefits to older adults. It’s a low-impact activity that lessens the risk of injury, but still provides a total body workout. This is why swimming is considered one of the best exercises for seniors.
Here are five major benefits of swimming for seniors:
These are all fantastic benefits of swimming, but the great news is that there are so many more! Swimming exercises will also build muscle and build a stronger heart―no wonder it’s been referred to as the perfect exercise!
Beyond the traditional swimming, another popular pool exercise is water aerobics. Water aerobics combines resistance training with arm curls, leg swings and calf raises using light weights or no weights at all. Being in the pool will get your blood flowing and endorphins pumping—it’s sure to be a good time!
It’s easy to incorporate swimming exercises into your life because they are perfect for anyone and everyone. However, before you go out and sign up for a class, consult your doctor first to make sure there are no health limitation that could hold you back.
At Monroe Village, we believe that senior fitness is key to your quality of life, and that’s why we offer aquatic exercise classes and an open pool through our award-winning LivWell program. And if you’re looking to switch up your workout plans, we also have an on-site fully-equipped gym just for you where you can get that recommended 30 minutes of exercise every day.
Learn more about the vibrant lifestyles at Monroe and the daily enriching activities and amenities we offer all residents. To learn more about our continuing care retirement community in Monroe Township, New Jersey, we invite you to contact us for more information and to come take a personal tour.