Swimming into your sixties and seventies... and beyond!
An increasing number of our swimming pool customers belong to the Baby Boomer generation: retired and semi-retired couples with more time to spend on socialising, relaxing together, and keeping healthy. Often this group of customers have grown-up children and regular visiting grandchildren, too. Whilst there’s so much to say about why swimming is terrific exercise for children, this time we’re going to look at why swimming is a fantastic pastime for senior folks.
Improves heart health
Swimming makes your heart stronger and larger, and improves your cardiovascular health and endurance. It will also lower blood pressure, improves circulation and helps reduce the risk of heart and lung disease. Swimming for just half an hour, twice a week, can make all the difference.
Gentle on the joints
Because swimming is not weight-bearing, it’s a full-body workout that keeps the pressure off problem areas like the hips, knees and spine. The low impact nature of swimming presents minimal risk of injury, making it an ideal choice for mature adults. Post-operatively, swimming is a gentle and effective form of exercise for rehabilitation.
Reduces the risk of osteoporosis
A third of women over the age of 50 and a fifth of men in the same age group experience a bone fracture due to osteoporosis, but swimming can help improve bone density.
While stretching before and after exercising is a sensible way to regain flexibility, swimming itself can also help increase your flexibility in your hips, legs, arms and neck. It can also help improve posture and alleviate back pain.
Improve muscle mass, strength and tone
A gradual loss of muscle mass is a natural process of aging, often compounded by a lack of exercise. Swimming is great for the majority of muscle groups in the body; a great way to slow down muscle loss and remain in great shape. Every time you get in the water, you’re putting every muscle group to work.
Boosts mental health
Swimming is a great way to reduce stress, boost your mood, and increase brain function. It’s a fun, sociable thing to do as a couple or with friends, and your own private pool is the perfect place to escape to when you need some quiet, meditative space within which to exercise… or just float.
Any form of exercise in water works your core muscles, significantly improving balance and reducing the risk of falls.
Swimming burns twice as many calories as land based exercise, and regular, short bursts of exercise in the pool help to improve muscle tone. Maintaining a healthy weight puts less stress on your heart and blood vessels, and generally improves one’s health and wellbeing.
We offer a range of small exercise and therapy pools with counter current systems, plus medium and large, family sized swimming pools. Thanks to manufacturing the majority of our one-piece pools in the UK, we can also work to customers’ bespoke requirements where necessary and produce pools with custom seating benches, alternative step configurations and various safety cover options. Give us a call today to discuss your ideas on 01296 712051.