Pool days have incredible benefits for seniors. Living happy means being at your best whether it’s taking walks, doing yoga, chair exercises, aquatic therapy and more. Fitness especially for seniors has numerous benefits and can help lower risks of injury. Swimming is a really great way for seniors to get in their daily fitness. Exercising in the pool can help people get in better shape while not adding any extra strain or stress on the body.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy includes:
Improved muscle and strength tone
When you’re moving in water you are putting all your muscles to work. Swimming is a great resistance exercise and can help improve your muscle strength.
Although stretching before and after exercising is a great way to increase flexibility, swimming can also help increase flexibility in your hips, legs, arms, and neck. It can also help improve your posture.
Improved heart health
Water exercise makes your heart stronger, larger, and improves cardiovascular health and endurance. It can also improve your blood pressure, improve circulation and help reduce lung and heart disease.
Being gentle on joints
Since swimming exercise doesn’t require weights it’s a lot easier on the joints for those who have joint pain and discomfort.
Boosting mental health
Swimming can reduce stress and anxiety. It can also put you in a good mood and increase brain function. It can be a social activity and can help lower feelings of isolation and depression.
Types of water exercises
- Water walking– Water walking helps with posture and lower body muscle toning. To get the most out of the exercise go into the water waist-deep and start walking as you would outside of the water with your feet flat on the bottom of the pool.
- Water jogging– Water jogging gets the heart pumping and your blood flowing. Get in waist-deep and job back and forth across the pool. This low impact exercise can help reduce the risk of heart attacks.
- Arm circles– Submerge into the water deep enough for only your neck and head to be above water. Raise your arms out to both sides and move them in circular motions. Once you’ve done that for about 20-30 seconds start to circle the opposite way for the same amount of time. This exercise helps to strengthen your arms without the use of heavy weights.
- Leg swings– This exercise helps improve balance by working your leg muscles and your core. For leg swings stand in the pool and repeatedly lift one leg up and to the side for 20 seconds then switch legs. To work on your core, swing your legs forward and backward.
- Wall chair– Use the corner of the pool and grab both sides with your arms to lift your legs. While your legs are lifted, hold your pose to work your abdominal muscles. Twisting your body from side to side can also benefit your oblique muscles. This exercise can improve posture, improve stability and can decrease chances of falling.
At Spring Hills we recognize the importance of low impact exercise. Despite what so many believe, there are a variety of exercises available tailored to the capabilities of seniors, designed to support both balance and strength. When participating in a fitness class at one of our facilities, exercise also becomes an excellent avenue to stay social and connected with others. Spring Hills residents and patients and home care clients can participate in our variety of exercise opportunities, including, yoga, stretching, walking. Some of our Post Acute Care clients even have aqua therapy onsite. The Spring Hills approach to wellness is holistic, which is why we are proud to offer assistance in establishing an enjoyable and easy exercise routine for our seniors.This not only helps the members of our community maintain physical health, but also improve their overall quality of life while maintaining a sense of independence.