The Benefits of Water Aerobics for SeniorsApril 05, 2019
Regular exercise is an important way to improve health and vitality. However, many forms of exercise can be tough on the joints. Here at Blue Harbor, we organize our community calendars with the intent to find movement-oriented activities that are accessible and easy on the joints. A few examples of joint-friendly exercise? Tai chi, yoga, chair aerobics, and one of our favorites: water aerobics!
Many of our communities, such as Heritage Place and Barkley Place, have their own community pools, making it easy to offer residents the fun of water aerobics! In this edition of our True Blue blog, let’s learn all about the benefits of this soothing movement-based activity.
Health Benefits of Water Aerobics
Strength *and* Cardio
The Aquatic Exercise Association notes that water aerobics can help seniors suffering from arthritis, back problems, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and osteoporosis. This is because water aerobics provides both a cardiovascular burn and a light resistance workout. Cardiovascular exercise is especially important for seniors because it can reduce the participants' risk for circulatory problems like heart disease. Resistance workouts help to maintain strength and stability in the muscles, which can go a long way toward preserving our balance, range of motion, and mobility.
Fun and Rejuvenating!
Putting water aerobics to music makes this exercise program all the more enjoyable, especially for those individuals who still love to dance! Plus, we can incorporate things like pool noodles and beach balls to make this water-based exercise even more entertaining!
Water aerobics can help to boost mood and boost self-esteem. Water exercise allows seniors to be active like they once were, try something new, and perhaps develop a new hobby! For seniors, the freedom and range of motion that water aerobics provides is empowering. One of our Heritage Place residents said, "I love feeling the weight off of my knees and can move with no pain. It actually helps me with my physical therapy as well."
Easy on the Joints!
As we’ve said before, many forms of exercise, such as running, can be hard on the joints. Water aerobics, however, removes all the pressure off the joints, and allows participants to enjoy exercise without added pain or stress. Plus, it’s a blast!
Residents Love It
At one of our communities in Bountiful, UT, Heritage Place Senior Living, we offer regularly-scheduled water aerobics classes. One instructor, Wendy, is a longtime employee who began swimming and water exercise more than 20 years ago. She uses music, water weights, pool noodles, and beach balls to make our classes fun and entertaining!
When asked why she thinks water aerobics is so popular among the residents, Wendy said: "Having the opportunity to move your body like you once did while taking the pressure off your joints is very refreshing for many. It doesn't matter where they may be physically, it always seems to put a smile on their face and, if but for a moment, help them forget their limits."
It’s almost summertime, which is a great time to start thinking about more water-based forms of exercise. We hope you found these tips to be helpful! If you have any questions for our senior care staff or would like to arrange a time to tour one of our active senior living communities, reach out to us. Our True Blue team is here for you!
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