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Physical fitness is important at every age, but it’s especially beneficial in our older years to help maintain flexibility and mobility. Unfortunately, too often seniors balk at exercise because of chronic conditions that make any kind of movement or stretching painful.
The smart solution? Jump in the pool.
For seniors, the health benefits of swimming are impressive. The sense of weightlessness and the cushioning effect of water take away what gravity aggravates, i.e., sore muscles, bad joints, and/or poor balance. There’s no straining, only fluid motion. You get the value of a resistance workout, but it’s much friendlier to your body than lifting weights.
Hate the thought of putting on a bathing suit? No problem. These days, you’ll see both women and men taking water aerobics or swimming lanes in everything from t-shirts and swim tights to full coverage swim tunics and long-sleeved tops. Put the search words “full coverage swim clothing for men/women” in your browser and see all the options that come up!
While you’re deciding on your pool attire, check out all the many benefits of swimming for seniors that you’re about to enjoy – we came up with 6, but you’re sure to discover more after your first dip!
One additional tip to keep in mind … be sure to talk to your doctor first to make sure swimming is a good match for your current health condition.
At Monroe Village, we believe that senior fitness is key to a quality lifestyle in your older years. We support that belief by offering a wide variety of fitness activities for seniors through our award-winning LivWell program. Not surprising, two of the most popular options for both women and men are our aquatic exercise classes and lane swimming in our beautiful heated pool. They’re refreshing, invigorating, and a fun way to socialize!
Monroe Village offers a vibrant lifestyle thanks to our array of enriching activities and amenities. To learn more about our exceptional and inviting Life Plan Community located in Monroe Township, New Jersey, simply complete the request form and one of our sales counselors will be in touch shortly to schedule a tour. We look forward to meeting you!