If your aging adult’s doctor has recommended that she spend some of her exercise time at the pool, she might not be sure what she could do beyond just swimming laps the entire time. There’s actually quite a bit that she can do.
Walking or Jogging
Walking or even jogging in the pool adds resistance without creating undue pressure on your elderly family member’s joints. She’s able to work her muscles against the water without the typical pain that she might encounter when walking or jogging on dry land. Your elderly family member might also enjoy using a flotation tool, such as a noodle or a paddle board that allows her to stay above the water and focus on moving.
She can get technical and fancy with her movements, but sometimes the simple movements work the best. Jumping jacks done outside of the water might be too intense, but in the water, they’re a little slower and they can cause your senior to use her muscles fully. Even a few at a time can create some big results. The best part is that she won’t land in a way that jolts her joints and muscles. The water creates a cushioning effect.
If your aging adult is ready for something a little more advanced, she might want to consider taking a water aerobics course. These types of courses may use different props and tools such as steps underwater that give your elderly family member more to do in the pool. Classes can range from beginner to advanced so your elderly family member can try all of the different levels.
Some area pools might even offer spinning with the bikes underneath the water. These types of classes may be fun for your senior because it’s a different way to try spinning classes. The bikes can offer some resistance, but the majority of the resistance and therefore the workout comes from your senior working against the water.
Getting to the pool safely might be another issue, too. Help make sure she gets there regularly by arranging for rides if necessary, especially with elderly care providers.