Aquatic Activities for Seniors

As we have discussed many times, seniors need exercise just as much as the younger generation. It’s so important that they find routines that meet their needs. Water-based activities are some of the best workouts seniors can experience. Aquatic activities for seniors are in high demand because they provide an excellent low-impact, low-risk exercise for seniors.

A multi-ethnic group of senior adults are taking a water aerobics class at the public pool. They are holding water weights and are working out.

For many seniors, pain can be an obstacle when committing to an exercise routine. Fortunately, aquatic exercise cuts back on the possibility of injury. Water’s buoyancy results in very little pressure on joints and muscles, but still allows for full range of movement. Stretching and resistance training can both be achieved in the pool with much less effort than on dry land!

Not only do water-based activities provide the exercise that senior bodies require, they also fulfill social needs. Because pools are typically available in shared spaces like community centers, these aquatic classes force seniors to socialize.

Senior classes meet the needs and safety concerns of seniors. Here are just a few aquatic activities that the elderly may enjoy.

 

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics classes provide fun social interaction and all the health benefits of aerobic exercise. Led by a trained professionals who are qualified in CPR, water aerobics is a great activity that keeps seniors in mind. Seniors-only classes are designed specifically for seniors, utilizing oldies music and simplified exercises to keep everyone happy and healthy.

 

Swimming Laps

Many seniors choose swimming as an option since you can do it at any time, you can go at your own pace and stop at any time. Like any new activity, if you are new to swimming or haven’t been swimming laps in a while, you may want to start by consulting a trained professional or take private lessons until you are comfortable in the environment.

 

Water Walking

Take your daily walk to the next level with water walking. In this activity, seniors go through the motions of their walking routine in the swimming pool. This activity is wonderful because you can do it alone or with a group. For an added challenge, add ankle weights.

 

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Designing An Elderly Exercise Plan

Fact:   By 2030, 1 in 5 Americans will be older than 65 and exercise is crucial to their well-being.

The accompanying loss of muscle mass, strength, flexibility and bone lead to a loss of mobility and, therefore, independence. Regular exercise such as aerobics, strength training as well as balance and flexibility exercises can diminish their negative effects.Basically, you need about 30 minutes of exercise per day which can be broken into two 15 minute or three 10 minute intervals.

If someone hasn’t exercised in awhile, it is best to start slowly with shorter, more frequent periods of exercise. Be patient and remember it’s never too late to begin exercising since every movement leads on the path to optimal physical health.

Employing a trainer for at least the first few sessions will also help solidify the plan of attack and ensure that the exercises are being done correctly.

An exercise regimen incorporating goals specific to the elderly client while taking into account their specific deficits is the most constructive way to develop an effective program. This is best accomplished using a fitness trainer who is acquainted with the elderly and their special needs. These trainers have a sense of how much to push them to improve their strength, flexibility and mobility. Later, having videos available for ongoing use will reinforce what was learned and make sure that the exercise routine is appropriately followed.

Varying the exercises improves different areas and adds interest.

Activities should include some aerobic or cardiovascular work through activities like brisk walking, bicycling, swimming or even jogging. Strength training is great for enhancing balance to reduce the risk of falls and to help in general with getting up and down and generally all around. Yoga is a wonderful and relaxing form of exercise as is Tai Chi.   For those who are able to get out, strength training can also be done using machines in a gym.

Use these Exercise Plan Worksheets in conjunction with a medical or healthcare professional in addition to a fitness trainer experienced with the elderly.

My Exercise Plan” is a packet of worksheets provided by David York Home Healthcare Agency to be filled out and tracked in association with a Healthcare Professional, Fitness Trainer or Caregiver. It includes the following items:exercise in senior routine

  1. Physical Fitness Goals
    • Short Term Goals: List 2 or 3 things to accomplish over the next few weeks to help make exercise a part of your daily routine.
    • Long Term Goals: List 2 or 3 long term goals for your exercise plan such as specific physical improvements you would like to see.
  1. Specific Workout Activities
    • Use this form with your Healthcare Professional or Fitness Trainer to specify the activities for your personal workout routine while incorporating your long term goals.
    • Activities should address the following issues as well as suggest the number of minutes and times per week for each.
      1. Increased Mobility
      2. Endurance
      3. Upper-Body Strength
      4. Lower-Body Strength
      5. Balance
      6. Flexibility
  1. Workout Routine Monthly View
    • Once your Healthcare Provider or Fitness Trainer determines specific activities for your routine, schedule them by the month in the chart provided.
  1. Keep track of your daily and weekly progress and compliance with your exercise routine using the forms included. These specify the day of week, the number of minutes on each exercise, how the person felt doing them and any progress notes.

These David York Agency designed worksheets should ease the planning and tracking process. Please check out the packet on our website resources page. We hope they will help better organize those who have made this momentous resolution and ring in a New Year of true health. Good health and happiness to all!

David York Agency is fully acquainted with all factors related to eldercare services and is always available to set up a senior care plan taking the whole patient into account. They are healthcare professionals that provide skilled home health aide services for the elderly in their home and are abreast of all the latest guidelines for seniors.  When home healthcare becomes necessary, David York Agency provides skilled home health aide services. Visit our website at David York Agency attesting to our mission to provide the highest degree of personal service. Please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.