There is almost nothing better than a refreshing dip in the pool to beat the July heat, and with the buoyancy of the water, it gives the additional benefit of the perfect low-impact environment to help the elderly remain active while relieving pressure to joints.
Make certain to seek advice from an older adult’s physician first prior to starting or altering physical activity levels, and then encourage a senior loved one to dive right into these wonderful pool workouts:
- Marching: Marching gets the whole body involved, as the water supplies plenty of resistance to increase a senior’s heart rate. While maintaining proper posture and holding arms off to the side for balance, simply march at a rhythmic rate.
- Kicking. While holding onto a kickboard or even the side of the pool, extend the legs straight out behind and kick in a fluttering manner.
- Swinging. While holding onto the edge of the pool with one arm for balance, move one leg forward for a count of five, and then backward for a count of five. Repeat with both legs 12 times.
- Curling. Grasping water weights (or bottles of water, if weights are not available), curl the arms up and back down again through the water, alternating sides.
- Swimming. Swimming is a fantastic means to boost muscle tone and strength while working all the primary muscle groups. If at all possible, swim at a challenging enough pace to elevate heart rate and strengthen the lungs.
It’s likewise a good idea to utilize community pools and gyms that offer specialized water sessions for older adults, such as water yoga. Not only will a senior increase physical activity, but he/she will have the chance to make new acquaintances and enhance socialization as well.
Recent studies also detail the emotional and cognitive health benefits of merely being near the water. Known as “blue space,” the soothing benefits of water – whether in a natural environment, or even a pool or shower – have been shown to “induce a flood of neurochemicals that promote wellness, increase blood flow to the brain and heart, and induce relaxation,” according to Wallace Nichols, author of the book Blue Mind.
When it comes to top-rated home health agencies in Kansas City, MO, look no further than Hearts at Home In-Home Care. We are focused on helping senior loved ones improve physical, emotional, and cognitive health every day in many ways. For instance, we’re always readily available to provide accompanied transportation to allow seniors to experience the advantages of being in or around the water, together with the pleasant companionship to make each and every day more fulfilling.