Making a splash! July 2010
At last it is summer, and all across Europe and indeed on the beaches and in the swimming pools throughout the UK, people are enjoying the healthy fun of swimming.
For people over 50 swimming is the perfect exercise. If you haven’t undertaken regular vigorous exercise for most of your life, turning 50 or 60 or 70 is not the time to rush into a high impact exercise programme. Running, tennis – many popular activities can have a detrimental impact on the bones, joints and muscles of people over 50 but swimming is ideal as it allows you to tone and strengthen the body in a totally supported way.
In fact, swimming really is one of the best exercises for people in or facing retirement. The human body is around the same density as water, so it is easily supported. This means that when you exercise there is far less stress placed on the joints and bones. Also swimming enables you to use muscles and move in a different way from when you are doing normal exercise.
Swimming has a huge number of benefits. It certainly improves cardiovascular conditioning, it also improves flexibility and muscle strength. There are other benefits that are not so readily apparent -swimming improves posture and also can improve your physical appearance due to muscle toning. And that is without any benefits that might also occur if you swim enough to lose weight. The exercise of swimming can also help reduce stress. This is because swimming allows more oxygen to flow to your muscles and forces you to regulate your breathing - in fact the benefits of getting into water just go on and on.
Or you can migrate from straight swimming into senior events in diving, synchronised swimming or even water polo. Really, swimming can offer an enormous range of possibilities to help keep you fit and also entertain you throughout all your senior years.
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