Jump Right In! Water Activity is Good For You!
April 19, 2023
Wellington Bay, a luxury rental senior living community, has both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. This choice allows residents to feel like they are living in a posh resort. But that sense of comfort and relaxation isn’t the only benefit that gliding through the water of a swimming pool provides.
Whether you prefer swimming laps, walking or jogging in water, or taking part in a vigorous water aerobics class, working out in water is beneficial for the health of older adults.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the U.S. It is a good way to get regular aerobic activity.
“Just two and a half hours per week of aerobic physical activity, such as swimming, bicycling, or running can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses. This can lead to improved health for people with diabetes and heart disease,” the CDC reports.
The Arthritis Foundation has similar good news about the health benefit of exercising in water. It reports that hitting the pool can help relieve joint pain. Exercising in water provides relief from pain and stiffness. The buoyancy of water offers freedom of movement while also providing support.
For someone who suffers from arthritis, working out with your body submerged in water reduces the load on joints. For anyone with arthritis in their spine or shoulders, the foundation advises keeping your body under water to realize the fitness benefits, burn calories and increase your mobility and range of motion.
Sometimes beginning an exercise routine is the hardest part. Another benefit of working out in water is that it doesn’t necessarily require any specialized equipment or classes. Just walking through water is a good place to start.
To begin enjoying the benefits of moving through water, the Arthritis Foundation recommends starting with a basic forward walk-through waist-height water. Begin with shoulders in line over hips and hands at your sides. Swing your arms in the water, as you move forward. All the while pushing and pulling the water at your sides.
Moving energetically through the water will get your heart pumping and feel good. A Japanese study found that walking in water in the opposite direction also had health benefits. It showed that walking backward in water engages more muscles, especially around the spine, quads and shins, while also boosting your heart rate.
For post-menopausal women, working out in water can help build stronger bones, another study found. Bone density improved for a group of women who did water exercise for one hour three times a week compared to the control group.
Some gear that can help you stay safe while in the pool includes water shoes that prevent slipping and a buoyancy belt to help stabilize you.
Other tools such as webbed gloves, Styrofoam dumbbells, and kickboards can add resistance to a work out.
Another benefit of working out in water is the socialization it can provide. Meeting with your favorite pool pals is a way to enjoy the company of others while getting in your workout.
Wellington Bay provides many amenity spaces including an outdoor, zero entry swimming pool. There is no climbing up or down a ladder to get into a zero-entry pool. Instead the floor of the pool is gently sloping, which enables easy access. You just walk right in. For those days you don’t want to swim outside, the beautiful clubhouse has an indoor pool. Other amenities at Wellington Bay include a library, art room, putting green, yoga and exercise room, pickleball court, bocce ball court, and card room.
Wellington Bay is a luxury senior living rental community, offering independent living. Additionally, Lisbet Health Center can be found onsite offering assisted living and memory care.