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5 Water Exercises for Seniors

Posted by ComForCare on August 23, 2013 at 11:55 AM

water_exerciseExercising is a key essential to overall good health. As you age, bone and joint pain can occur making it difficult to do simple tasks such as walking and maneuvering around. A combination of these ailments can make traditional exercising difficult and uncomfortable. Water exercises put less stress on joints and bones, which allows older adults to be able to move freely.

Staying Active As You Age

Swimming

Swimming is a classic type of good for you, heart rate-raising exercise. No matter your experience level or how many strokes you may or may not know, understand this: Swimming is one of the best overall workouts you can do. It affects your whole body by benefiting your heart, your lung function, your flexibility, your muscle tone and strength. It is also low impact and burns as many as 500 to 600 calories an hour.

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics increases our heart rates and offers substantial heart and lung health benefits in addition to weight loss or weight management. Aerobic exercise also helps to improve our moods.

Strength Training

Practicing strength training at least two days every week can help reduce your risk of straining to pick up a jug of milk, for example. It is a slow form of exercise that forces your muscles to work against resistance, in turn making those muscles stronger.

Relaxation

Practicing relaxation techniques in a pool of warm water can help loosen tight muscles and ease joint pain, whether from aging, chronic illness or injury. It may also help to reduce your blood pressure, reduce the amount of stress hormone your body produces while boosting your energy and your immune system.

Balance Exercises

Maintaining a good balance in your senior years is important for reducing your risk of falling. Look for classes such as tai chi or yoga that are offered in the water–they’ll boost your balance. Practicing the movement while immersed in water will allow you a greater range of motion and reduce strain on your joints.

For more information, visit HowStuffWorks.com.

Topics: Aging

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