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Benefits of Water-Based Exercises for Seniors

Physical activity is an important aspect to living a long, healthy and happy life.

For seniors, physical activity can be difficult due to the high-impact on their joints and cardiovascular health. Seniors who participate in physical activity that is too hard on their bodies are more likely to experience injuries due to their activities. Swimming is a form of low-impact and safe exercise for seniors that allows them to get physical and stay healthy!

How Are Water-Based Activities Safe for Seniors?

During water-based exercises, the body may feel lighter in weight and joints may feel temporary relief. While submerged in water, seniors are more likely to be able to exercise without pain and discomfort in their joints and bones. This is due to the buoyancy that water provides, giving seniors the chance to move more with less limitations. This makes swimming a much safer form of physical activity when compared to more intense forms of land-based exercises such as yoga, walking or weight training.

Since seniors can feel less pain and discomfort while they are in the water, they are able to work out a little bit harder and a little bit longer. Although ultimately the level of intensity and the duration of workouts will be decided by their medical professionals, the senior may feel up to the challenge of pushing themselves a little bit more. When done in a safe manner and with proper form, upping the intensity of workouts can result in an increase in muscle strength, flexibility and bone health.

Swimming is a safe way to build up their muscle strength and improve flexibility after an injury, especially when related to a fall.

Health Benefits of Water-Based Exercise

Besides increasing muscle strength and improving flexibility, water-based exercises can also bring several health benefits to a senior’s life. Health benefits of water-based exercises includes but is not limited to:

  • Swimming can help reduce the risk of developing Osteoporosis occurs when the body loses too much bone or cannot replace the bone, thus leaving too little bone in the body. Swimming can help build up bone health in seniors to prevent loss of bone density and strength.
  • Swimming will help the senior work their lungs and heart alike, improving their heart health and contractility and decreasing blood pressure and heart rate. As we age, heart health is of the utmost importance and looking after the heart is one of the most important aspects of seniors staying healthy. By engaging in water-based activities, seniors can keep their heart and lungs healthy and vigorous.
  • Swimming, just as other forms of exercise do, can improve the mood and mental health of seniors. Not only does exercise produce endorphins in the body that will help improve mood, but seniors may experience a boost of self-esteem. As we grow older, our bodies are unable to do things that may have never been a problem previously, which can cause seniors to feel depressed or sad. By participating in a new form of exercise, the elderly individual may feel a new sense of pride for themselves, as they are able to be active again. A boost in confidence and self-esteem can help seniors feel like themselves and on top of the world!

Different Types of Water-Based Exercises

It is imperative that seniors are always supervised while they are participating in water-based activities. Before participating in water-based activities, elderly adults should consult with their doctor. Water-based exercises will vary in several ways based on the elderly individual’s needs, capabilities and care plan. Different types of water-based exercises include:

  • Water aerobics! This may be the most common type of water-based exercises that seniors enjoy participating in. With small movements and light resistance, water aerobics is a great way for seniors to get their heart rate up and improve their bone and joint health.
  • Swimming laps in a pool is a great way to get the heart rate up and enjoy some cardio! While seniors may need to take more breaks during their lap, it will give them a chance to enjoy the water and swim at their pace, while keeping their heart rate up and burning calories.
  • Working with a trainer that specializes in water-based exercise can help seniors switch up their routine! A trainer may have special machines for elderly clients to use in the water, such as a bicycle or ankle weights. A trainer, together with medical professionals, can assess the needs of the senior and change their exercise plan accordingly.

Before seniors participate in any sort of water-based activities, we encourage extensive research into which activity is right for their body. When done properly and with the right form, water-based activities have plenty of health and mental benefits for seniors.

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Small Changes to Fit Exercise into Your Daily Routine

If you struggle to fit exercise into your daily routine, you may feel as though you are missing out on a very important part of your life. Exercise not only improves your overall health and wellbeing, but it improves your mental health as well. Exercise is a crucial daily activity, as it will help them keep their muscles mass and strength. Below are some tips on how to fit exercise into your daily life that do not require a gym!

  • Skip the elevator and take the stairs as much as possible! Are you going to the second or third floor in a building? Try taking the stairs once that day rather than taking an elevator. This will get your heartrate up and allow you to fit exercise in a small window of time.
  • When your schedule gives you a free window of time, take a brisk walk outside. If you have more than 10 minutes in your schedule, you have enough time to fit a quick walk into your day. Try going around the block once or twice to begin with. This will allow your body to get moving, your heartrate to get up and will give you a chance to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air outside!
  • While watching tv, consider using light hand weights! One and two-pound weights can be found at local sports stores and can give you something to do during commercial breaks. After your doctor clears you for lifting weights, try incorporating this into your daily routine!
  • Incorporate stretching and yoga poses into the downtime that you have. Although your downtime may be short lived and infrequent, taking time to stretch and breathe into a yoga pose can give you the relief your body is looking for. Yoga and stretching gives your body a second to stretch, rejuvenate and feel ready for the rest of your day.

Life can get busy and can be demanding or draining, but your exercise routine does not have to suffer. Try incorporating these tips and tricks to fit exercise into your daily routine.

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Spring and Summer Activities for Seniors

Springtime and summertime are wonderful: the weather is beautiful, and the sun is shining! What better time to enjoy the great outdoors and take advantage of the beautiful weather! Below is a list of activities that you and your family can enjoy together, despite of different ages or physical limitations. We hope that you have a wonderful spring and summer!

  • Walking outdoors. If you have an elderly loved one that struggles with walking long distances, try to find a place that is equal parts beautiful and easy to walk around. An example would be a path by a lake or river, where there is an even side walk. That way you can all enjoy the scenery and your senior loved one will not risk injury during your walk.
  • Family picnics outside provide a beautiful setting for quality time together. Pack a lunch or dinner and head to your local park or beach to enjoy the beautiful weather that spring and summer have to offer.
  • Get away for a weekend! The weather is warmer, the sun is shining, and a vacation is calling your name. Whether it is a close family vacation home or a resort a few hours away, try to schedule some time for you all to get away and spend time together enjoying the sunshine and weather.
  • Other activities include:

– Golfing

– Reading outside

– Tennis

– Gardening

– Bird watching

We hope that these suggestions will help you and your family spend quality time together, while enjoying the beautiful weather that spring and summer have to offer.

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Hobbies That Seniors Can Enjoy While Staying Active

It is important that seniors stay active, as a sedentary lifestyle can lead to health complications and risks. An active lifestyle does not have to be full of rigorous and exhausting exercise that will leave your senior loved one sore, tired and uninterested in participating next time. There are plenty of activities that will keep your loved one active, engaged and will keep them mentally engaged.

  • If your loved one enjoys dancing and can do so without physical pain, encourage them to take a few minutes out of their daily routine to dance. This will enhance their mood and will also serve as a physical activity and exercise.
  • Book clubs. Although this is mainly a sedentary activity, a book club could give your loved one a purpose and could give them a goal to achieve. They may experience a boost in their confidence from completing each book that is given to them, staying active socially. If they do not have a club to join or form, they can set a goal for themselves to read a certain number of books and hold themselves accountable. They can also make a promise to themselves that at the end of every chapter, they will get up and move around for a minute, keeping them active in between their reading sessions.
  • Bird watching. If your loved one enjoys the outdoors and has an interest in birds, he or she can buy a bird watching book and get started on their own. This can quickly turn into an active hobby, allowing them to walk around the neighborhood or parks to find certain birds. This can also be an activity that they can turn into a wonderful group activity, promoting social activity as well!
  • Walking Club. If your loved one can do so, he or she can participate in or form a walking club. This will allow your loved one to get out and enjoy the outdoors and fresh air, while experiencing socialization at the same time. If your loved one prefers to walk alone, he or she should map out the routes they are going to take that day and notify someone before they do so. Advise them to always alert someone when they are heading out on their walk and when they return, to make sure that they are safe during their walks.
  • Gardening. This activity is perfect if your loved one enjoys being outside and loves flowers or greenery. They do not have to have a large garden or yard to do so, they may just nurture small plants in their front or back yards. It can be rewarding to see a garden grow and can give your loved one a sense of purpose to take care of their plants.
  • Another wonderful activity your loved one may enjoy is spending time in their kitchen and learning new recipes. They can buy a cook book and vow to try to make two or three new recipes each week until they work their way through the whole book. Of course, the recipes should be approved by their doctor for consumption.

We hope that these activities can help keep your senior loved one active both physically and mentally. Remember that your loved one should always get consent from their doctor before they participate or engage in any physical activity.

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