Seniors can be prone to health issues and, while they are strongly advised to keep fit, the physical activities they can engage in are quite limited. Strenuous exercises may cause exhaustion and lead to further health problems.
Swimming, however, is one exercise which seniors can enjoy while working on their fitness. It has a number of benefits, making it the perfect exercise routine for older adults with an active lifestyle.
Swimming Reduces the Risk of Slip and Fall Accidents
The most common injuries that the elderly face are those caused by slipping and falling. It has long been believed that regular physical activity can lessen the risk of these injuries but a recent study has shown that swimming is the best exercise of all to reduce the risk of fall injuries.
Australian researchers found that older adults who swam were 33 per cent less likely to fall than those who engaged in other sports, or none at all. Dafna Merom, an associate professor of Physical Activity and Health at the University of Western Sydney, explained, “Unlike [with] land-based sports, swimmers are required to create their own base of support and at the same time, to produce a coordinated movement of both upper and lower extremities.”
Swimming Improves Heart Health
A regular swim in the pool builds stamina, which strengthens the heart and promotes blood circulation. This improves endurance and lowers blood pressure, as well as reducing the risk of lung disease.
Swimming Relieves Stress
Swimming is a natural stress reliever, which means it’s great for both the mind and the body. It is also a mood booster, increasing the senior’s sense of camaraderie when done with friends and family.
Swimming is an activity that’s good for family members of all ages. Seniors and kids alike can use it to bond in a spacious backyard pool.
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