Exercise is good for one’s body. Particularly the older you get, exercise can help keep you both physically and mentally healthy. It provides stronger muscles, better flexibility, improved health, enhances mental acuity, improves your mood, and can even help lower the risk of injury.
Of course, there are more types of exercises than one can even imagine. One of the best, however, for kids and adults alike, is swimming. Specifically, we are going to concentrate on the benefits of swimming for seniors here. Without putting added strain or stress on your body, swimming can help you get in better shape and keep you healthy.
Let’s explore the many benefits to older adults that can be enjoyed, courtesy of swimming.
Mental Health Boost
Increase your brain function, boost your mood, and reduce your stress levels through swimming. What’s more, you’ll likely feel less lonely and isolated because swimming is a relatively social activity. In older adults, depression can result from loneliness and social isolation, so it should be avoided whenever possible.
Improve Muscle Tone and Strength
You put every muscle group to work, every time you move while in the water. You can improve muscle strength because swimming is the perfect way to go about resistance training. The more you swim, the better your chances of seeing lean, long, muscle tone forming.
Increase Your Flexibility
In your neck, arms, legs, and hips, flexibility can be increased through the act of swimming. It may also help alleviate back pain and improve your posture.
Reduce Osteoporosis Risks
To help fight osteoporosis, improve your BMD (bone mineral density) through swimming. Due to osteoporosis, a bone fracture occurs in approximately 33% of women aged 50 and over. So, swimming becomes even more important if you are a female.
Gentle on Your Joints
Particularly if you suffer from joint discomfort or pain, you want something easy on your joints. Because it’s not weight-bearing, swimming is ideal. Even though it helps keep pressure off of your spine, knees, and hips, it is a full-body workout.
Heart Health Improvement
Swimming strengthens your heart and can improve your cardiovascular endurance and health in general. It helps to reduce the risk of lung and heart disease, improves circulation, and can lower your blood pressure.
Swimming Isn’t the Only Way to Socialize!
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