Water Aerobics for Seniors: Make a Splash with Your Exercise Routine

Water Aerobics for Seniors | Advent Christian Village

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, staying active is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health. Taking a water aerobics class is a great way to get moving and have fun. Here are just a few of the benefits.

What Types of Exercises Do Seniors Need?

Copeland Community Center at Advent Christian Village
Copeland Community Center at Advent Christian Village

The CDC recommends that adults older than 65 need exercise in three categories:

  • 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity
  • two days a week of activities that strengthen muscles
  • activities that improve balance

With the right water aerobics class, you can accomplish all three!

Benefits of Water Aerobics for Seniors

Low Impact

Water aerobics provides a low-impact workout, reducing stress on joints, bones and muscles. This makes it ideal for seniors with arthritis, joint pain or other mobility issues, allowing you to exercise comfortably without causing strain or injury.

Range of Motion

Exercising in water allows you to move your joints through a full range of motion, promoting flexibility and mobility. The buoyancy of water supports the body, making it easier to stretch and extend muscles, improve posture and enhance overall flexibility.

Strengthening Your Muscles

Water provides natural resistance for muscle strengthening and toning. You can perform various exercises such as leg lifts, arm curls and core workouts to target different muscle groups and build strength. Stronger muscles help improve balance, stability and coordination, reducing the risk of falls and injuries.

Cardiovascular Health

Water aerobics is an excellent cardiovascular workout, helping you improve heart health, increase circulation and boost stamina and endurance. Performing aerobic exercises in water can strengthen the heart, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease

Pain Management

The buoyancy and warmth of water can provide therapeutic benefits for seniors with chronic pain conditions. Water aerobics can also help alleviate pain, stiffness and inflammation, providing relief and improving overall quality of life.

Mood Boosting

Engaging in regular exercise, such as water aerobics, has been shown to have positive effects on mental and emotional health.

Making New Friends

Participating in water aerobics classes allows you to socialize, interact with peers and make new friends. It’s a supportive and motivating environment where seniors can encourage and motivate each other, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie.

Getting Your Feet Wet

Water aerobics equipment at Copeland Community Center
Water aerobics equipment at Copeland Community Center

Ready to take your first class? You’ll need a few basic items, including:

  • a comfortable, well-fitting swimsuit.
  • water shoes that provide traction on slippery pool surfaces.
  • a towel for drying off after class.
  • a water bottle for staying hydrated.
  • sunscreen, if you are taking a class at an outdoor pool.

While every class is different, participants can expect the instructor to lead you through a range of activities such as water walking, jogging, stretching and strength exercises. Most exercises can be adapted to support different fitness levels. Don’t hesitate to communicate with your instructor and ask questions as needed.

It’s important with any exercise routine to ease into the class and take breaks as needed. Listen to your body to avoid overexerting yourself. And don’t forget to have a good time!

NOTE: This blog is not intended as medical advice. Always consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.

Make a Splash at Advent Christian Village

Looking for a more active retirement? Advent Christian Village offers a variety of options for active seniors, including our popular water aerobics classes at Copeland Community Center. Our members also enjoy clubs, social events, outdoor recreation and more. Schedule a tour today to learn about everything our faith-based community has to offer.

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