The Key to Longevity is Swimming for Seniors
As a child, you were probably a fanatic with swimming. When was the last time you dove into a pool? Since many of us have become engulfed with our daily routines, it seems we’ve forgotten the one place where it all appears to be washed away, and that’s the pool. With senior citizens, a swimming pool can add years to someone’s life, keep them in shape and give them the same adventure they once had as a kid. In this blog, we uncover a few benefits of swimming for seniors you may not have thought.
People who have found exercise difficult because of brittle bones and stiff joints can certainly benefit from spending some time in the water. Perhaps that’s one of the biggest reasons why so many people hover to the pool in commercial gyms. Water aerobics has become hugely popular, not just for elderly folks but for individuals who may have sustained injury as well. But, did you know that physical activity can lower the risk of falls among older adults? Men who swim are 33% less likely to fall compared to those who don’t swim.
Other than prevention of falling, the research has found that men who swim are creating a posture and balance due to the activity of using both the upper and lower parts of the body. In addition to creating posture and balance, swimming can increase gate and allow you to have better thought capacity.
Ideally, as we age we should seek daily exercise, and that is particularly the case of people who may be diagnosed with the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s. This aerobic yet low impact activity has been found to delay the onset of the disease. Here is some other aspect of swimming that may be impressive:
- Keeps the heart healthy and strong
- Increases blood flow to the bones and muscles
- Reduces risk of cancer and diabetes
- Improves balance
- Boosts self-esteem
- Improves mood
With all these incredible benefits, you might want to jump into your pool and start swimming today? Of course, you should always check with your doctor to see if swimming is right for you. But, most likely you’ll enjoy the activity just like you did as a child.
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