It’s almost summer! Have you located your neighborhood pool?
Water aerobics is an excellent way to keep active, stay cool, and enjoy the season. Plus, the refreshing water pays dividends when fighting the oppressive South Texas heat.
Although water aerobics is a fun exercise for just about anyone, it’s an especially helpful exercise for those with limited range of motion or joint pain. Additionally, water-based exercises can be adapted to any senior’s ability and restrictions. Simple movement in the water can aid in improved balance and flexibility for seniors with limited abilities. The more active senior can incorporate weights, resistance tools, and a deeper water workout for a more rigorous workout.
A water aerobics program is beneficial because:
- All the major muscle groups are used
- A cardiovascular workout is achieved
- Those suffering weight issues, or leg and back problems realize the benefits of a good workout while not overextending their abilities
- Resistance training is achieved while preventing strained joints
Arthritis sufferers, especially, benefit from water-based exercise programs while relieving aching joints in warm water. And, with more than 50 million Americans living with arthritis that’s a huge benefit. The Arthritis Foundation states that one in two Americans will develop osteoarthritis in one knee before age 85.
Most local senior centers offer water aerobics programs as part of their senior services. In Houston, local YMCA centers host water aerobics activities throughout the week.
Jump on in…the water’s fine!