We are all looking for low-impact, fun ways to get into shape. Seniors especially need something that’s easy on the joints and doesn’t require a lot of physical challenges. Enter water aerobics. These exercises are done in a swimming pool and do not require swimming skills. Not only can water exercise be fun and refreshing when it's hot out, but it is also safe and beneficial to seniors with a variety of fitness levels and abilities. It provides the same cardio and strength training benefits of land-based exercises, but with much less pressure to the joints. Most importantly, low-impact water aerobics exercises are safe and beneficial for those suffering from conditions such as osteoporosis, heart problems, back problems, balance and coordination problems and arthritis. Weight loss, stress reduction, lowering blood pressure and muscle endurance can all result from water aerobics.
Perhaps you would like to perform everyday functions with ease, such as gardening, picking up your grandkids or going for a walk. These activities require flexibility and strength, two positive benefits of water aerobics. Water exercise, though easy, can also be challenging. Exercises such as jumping, stair climbing and jogging can increase resistance in the pool.
Here are some fun water exercises to get out and try:
- Toe-heel walk: walking on an imaginary tightrope for balance/coordination.
- Kicks: backward, bicycle or side-to-side kicks for abs, glutes, back and hips.
- Marching/jogging: strengthens the lower body (hamstrings, thighs and quads)
- Jumping jacks: primarily for weight loss (works entire body).
Water aerobics can also provides a fun way to meet people. Contact your local YMCA, gym or wellness center for classes or simply locate a pool to try some on your own.
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