Swimming benefits. Some people hate to exercise because it is hard and can be painful, with the danger of injury. But swimming is one of the few exercises where they don’t really have to worry about that. Because it’s not a weight-bearing activity. To clarify, swimmers don’t suffer the joint pain that most arthritis patients suffer when exercising.
Muscle Loss as We Age (sarcopenia)
Sarcopenia is the natural process where we lose muscle mass as we age. Because this is natural, it happens to us all. However, with exercise, you can slow or even reverse this process. Also, a gradual loss of muscle mass is an inevitable impact of ageing unless we make an effort to retain our strength and agility. So then, if we are inactive, we allow our muscles to waste away. Consequently, everyday activities become increasingly difficult over time. In contrast, through exercising in water, we can retain or improve our strength and mobility. And without putting unnecessary stress on our joints or incurring injuries.
Bone Density Loss as We Age (somatopause)
Somatopause is the natural process that causes a gradual reduction in growth hormone (GH) secretions. Besides, this is often called the middle-aged spread, noticeable by wrinkles and growing weight. So then, just as our muscles are inclined to decline with age naturally, our bone density also declines as we age. With this in mind, if we exercise our bodies to increase GH secretions, it will improve bone health. The resistant nature of water offers the perfect stimulation for this to happen. At the same time, helping to keep osteoarthritis and the increased risk of broken bones remote.
Mental health benefits of water exercise
Swimming benefits. Water exercise is fun; it releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that improve your mood. Consequently, Swimming pools are away from home, so they can also get you out in the wide world. As a result, it can help to reduce any feelings of loneliness and isolation, and put you in touch with other similar people. With this in mind, check your local swimming pool for its pool times for older swimmers.
Exercising in water is one of the best ways for an older person to get fit. Mainly due to the water resistance and lack of joint stress. If you exercise regularly, it can reduce your stress and symptoms of mental health. Also, conditions like depression and anxiety. And help with recovery from mental health issues. It can also improve your sleep, which is important in many different ways for your health and well being.
Important Note *
Remember that everyone is different, and it is ultimately YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find what your body responds to… Please do your own due diligence before trying anything new including getting Medical Advice to ensure your safety and peace of mind.
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2 replies on “Swimming Benefits”
Such an informational piece of content.
Hi Hexifit, I am happy you enjoyed the post on swimming benefits, it is one of the best exercises for older adults, as it uses all the muscles without putting pressure on joints, So thank you for your comment, I appreciate the feedback, all the best Ian