This is a low impact aerobic activity is ideal for seniors with limited mobility as well as those who have been sedentary. Here’s why water increases a body’s buoyancy which in turn allows for more fluid body movements in the pool. Those dealing with degenerative diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular issues find Aqua Fitness a perfect exercise prescription. Body weight movements in addition to the natural resistance of the water strengthen the muscles in a soothing environment.
As it turns out, Senior Bluebook agrees, here’s an excerpt:
Warm Water Therapy
Warm water therapy has even greater benefits. Besides the comfort of the temperature, immersing in warm water raises your body temperature and relaxes your muscles.
This can benefit individuals with disabilities and conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, post-polio syndrome and many others.
Participating in a warm water therapy program provides many physical benefits:
- Decreased joint and soft tissue inflammation
- Improved bone density
- Improved endurance, flexibility, and range of motion
- Improved pulmonary function
- Increased circulation
- Muscle relaxation and pain relief
- Strengthened muscles
Additionally, warm water exercise can have psychosocial benefits including reduced anxiety and stress and improved mood.