Swimming for seniors. What a great article I just read over the weekend.
Swimming is a low impact sport that works all the major muscle groups in the body.
With indoor pools accessible to most, seniors can enjoy swimming year round without concern about water temperature or weather conditions.
Studies have shown that seniors who participate in aqua-aerobics (walking and dancing in the water) increase strength in their quadriceps, hamstrings and upper body.
There is less strain on joint and ligaments so less chance of injury with this type of activity.
Water walking is another form of aqua aerobics. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, only 32% of American Seniors exercise on a daily basis despite knowing that exercise is the main element to keep the body fit and prevent all types of physical and mental decline. Improve this statistic. SWIM!