Tips for Seniors Who Want to Get in the Water!January 29, 2016
Senior Care in Suffolk NY
Most seniors know of the health benefits of exercising and doing physical activity. Exercise can improve seniors’ physical, mental, and emotional health and it can also be a fun and social activity. Some of the best forms of exercise for seniors are activities that can be done in the water, such as swimming laps or water aerobics, since these activities are strengthening and easy on the joints. But, for seniors who have never tried water exercise, getting started can feel daunting. Here are just a few tips for seniors who are interested in getting involved in water exercise for health and for enjoyment.
* Get Your Doctor’s Approval
Before starting any new form of exercise, seniors should always get the approval from their doctor. Some doctors may even recommend water exercise for seniors, especially those who suffer from arthritis or painful joints.
* Learn From a Professional
Seniors who are planning to get in the water at their local fitness center should check and see if their fitness center offers any group exercise classes in the pool. Seniors who are new to water exercise can learn a lot at group classes from experienced instructors and even other participants in the class. Seniors who wish to swim laps should look into getting an adult swim lesson if they have never swam laps before. Having the right form and technique can help seniors get the most out of their workout as well as stay safe.
* Take Basic Safety Precautions
Water exercise is very beneficial for health, but there are safety risks involved. Seniors can be a risk for falls on slippery pool decks and locker room floors. For this reason, seniors should always wear non-slip shoes when not in the pool and make use of grab bars when they are available. If swimming indoors in the winter, seniors should take care to get completely dry and dress themselves appropriately before going back out into the cold.
* Bring a Friend Along
Seniors who are nervous about starting their new water exercise program may feel more comfortable when exercising with a friend or family member. Seniors can find a supportive friend or relative to join them at the pool and make their new healthy hobby a social one, too!
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Suffolk NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.
Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.