While exercise is a good thing for seniors, it can also be dangerous. Falls and injuries are common with various forms of exercise. The risk of falls increases with jogging, aerobics, and riding bicycles. However, water exercise, such as; water aerobics can be extremely beneficial while being risk-free. Here are some benefits of water aerobics for seniors.
Protects the Joints
Running and various other high-impact exercises can put stress on the joints. This can be very difficult for seniors. The impact of your feet landing on the ground, after high-impact exercises, can put undue strain on your joints. This does not happen with water aerobics. The buoyancy of the water does not put undue strain on your joints as half your weight is supported by the water. Plus, the resistance experienced while in water also prevents you from moving your joints too quickly, which can also cause injury.
Prevents Falls and Injuries
If you are worried about falling while doing exercises, you should not be so if doing water aerobics. Falls are extremely common among seniors due to reduced balance and fragile bones. This is minimized with water aerobics. Once again, the buoyancy of the water protects you from falls. Even if you were to lose your balance and fall, the water will protect you from any injury.
Improves Mental Health
Your mental health will also improve with water aerobics. Exercise in any form is beneficial for your mental health. Water aerobics is extremely beneficial as you are a part of a group and you get to socialize with the members of the group. Seniors face the grave problem of loneliness which leads to depression. Three days of water aerobics classes mean more time to interact with other people and have fun. This prevents the onset of depression.
Stay Fit and Healthy
Exercise is vital for all seniors. It helps them stay fit and live longer. Water aerobics provides the ability to exercise safely without any worries about the injury. Water aerobics, at least three times a week, helps you to stay fit and healthy.
Water aerobics is highly recommended for seniors. This is a great way to exercise and enjoy spending time with others while reaping its benefits.
This article is by ActiveAdultLiving.com®, the website for information on more than 8,500 active adult communities across the US and Canada. Visit our website to find out where you want to live in your senior years.
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