If you’re trying to get into shape this summer, why not head to your local pool or beach? Swimming is a great choice for older adults in particular, since it’s low impact and has a lower risk of injury than many other forms of exercise. But there’s several other good reasons to make swimming a part of your regular exercise routine.
At Ventura Townehouse, we promote an active senior lifestyle and encourage our residents to engage in a variety of fitness activities. We know it’s much easier to stay in shape when you’re having fun, and swimming can be a great way to socialize while you work out.
Gentle on your joints
Swimming is an excellent way to get the benefits of cardio without the stress on your joints that’s usually associated with aerobic exercise. Its low impact nature means you’ll be in less pain following a water-based workout, which is especially important for anyone with arthritis.
The natural resistance that water provides helps strengthen muscles throughout your entire body. Swimming is especially good for improving back and core strength.
Good for mental health
If you spend any time at the beach, you’re likely already familiar with the fact that water is incredibly calming. Swimming regularly can lower stress levels, improve mood and sleep, and alleviate depression and anxiety.
Lowers risk of falls
Did you know swimming has been proven to lower the risk of falls? One study found that 7 months of regular swimming reduced falls by 86%. And a small 2014 study found that out of a variety of light physical activities, swimming was the only one that reduced fall risk.
Improves heart health
Any form of exercise is good for your heart, but some workouts are better than others. Research shows that regular swimming significantly lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease.
Swimming is a great addition to any senior exercise routine, and it’s suitable for a wide variety of needs and fitness levels. It works out your entire body without putting too much stress on your joints and doesn’t require any special equipment. Best of all, swimming can be enjoyed year-round if you have access to an indoor pool.
As an independent living community, Ventura Townehouse recognizes the importance of senior fitness. We encourage an active lifestyle with amenities like a fitness room specialized for seniors and a personal trainer who is well-versed in senior fitness. For more information about Ventura Townehouse, or to schedule a tour, contact us today.
My grandmother lives at the Ventura Townehouse and I feel confident that she is in good hands. They get her to her appointments and provide any aftercare that she may need. Everyone there is friendly and like family. I feel like I’m at home when I go there to visit her and eat with her in the dining room.
Recently, I visited my Mom from Chicago. Each day I offered to take us out and about in Ventura. We found ourselves having such an enjoyable time at the Townehouse we didn’t leave. The dining room was so lovey to enjoy with her friends. Patios welcoming and the activities kept us busy. We laughed and had fun all day! Thank you everyone for making me feel at home and making my visit special. It’s always hard to leave my mom. But not as hard when I know she is so happy! Until my next visit!
Staff is very helpful and always concerned about my Mother’s needs, the interior and grounds maintenance is exceptional. Dining provides healthy menus to choose from. Front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. Best decision we ever made was bringing my mom here.