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Water Aerobics and Seniors

Updated on March 23, 2009

Getting Older

As we age, a lot of wonderful things can happen. We often become more mature and see the World in a different light. It can also mean that some things become more difficult as well. Some health conditions are more common among seniors, such as arthritis, and these can make it difficult to walk and stand without assistance.

While by its self not being able to walk in a marathon might not be a big deal, it can result in having to amend your lifestyle. It also means that you should be a lot more careful, since it can be more difficult for a senior to heal and recover from a serious injury. There are some things you can do to help reduce the chance of a fall and ensure that you stay health, with exercise being very important for a senior.

Benefits of Exercise

One of the most important things for a person of any age to do is to remain active, but this is especially true of seniors. Doctors have found that almost 90% of seniors do not exercise, often because they feel that it is too hard. They might have an image of jogging on a treadmill or lifting weights and say “I can’t do that,” which might be true, but there are a lot of healthy activities a senior can participate in. These activities can be very beneficial and can also be enjoyable. Even though walking might be difficult, there are still a lot of other things you can do to keep fit.

 

For a senior there are many benefits of staying active, among them:

  • Improve and Maintain Balance: This is an important one, because many falls are caused by a poor sense of balance.
  • Increase Flexibility: Often things like arthritis can be painful and increasing your flexibility has been shown to help make movements less painful.
  • Reduce the Risk of Disease: Many diseases, such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases, can be prevented, in part, by exercise.
  • Improve Mental Health: Staying active can make you feel better about yourself and even help with things like Alzeimer’s. If you join one of the many senior exercise groups found in most cities, you also get to meet some new people.

 

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics are one type of low impact exercise that can be a lot of fun, a good place to meet people, and help keep your muscles active. Since most people get a kick out of going to the pool, water aerobics are an easy way to get someone excited about working out. They are also low strain and the water actually helps make movements a lot easier. In the pool, many find they are capable of things that they thought were out of reach.

One of the great things about water aerobics is that it is very versatile. It can effectively work every joint and muscle in the body, or only one, depending on your level of fitness. Eventually, you can even begin using water weights, which help increase resistance.

While if you have a pool, you can perform water aerobics in your backyard, you might not get the added benefit of social interaction. Also, if the pool is outdoors, it might not be heated or climate controlled. This is why many people enjoy taking a water aerobics class, which is usually offered by most indoor pools, YMCA Centers, senior centers, and even many cities.

Staying active and exercising regularly is something that can be very important to your physical and mental health. This is true of people of all ages, but for seniors, staying active is an essential part of staying healthy.It can also be a great way to prevent senior falls.

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  • brad4l profile imageAUTHOR

    brad4l 

    9 years ago from USA

    That is a good point Donna, there really is a lot to be said for the importance of social interaction, especially among seniors.

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    Donna Clarke  

    9 years ago

    I have taught a senior aroebics class for the last 14 years and the benefits of my students include less pain from arthritis, increrased flexibility, lowered blood pressures and above all ; it has given my students a social outlet . I feel that excercize is like taking medicine without the side- effects! It is medicine!!

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