Swimming for Seniors
Discover the many health benefits and learn how to prepare properly
by Johanna | Restube
published on january 18, 2024
Physical activity in the water is not only fun, it also comes with many benefits, especially for older adults. The gentle resistance and support of the water create a unique atmosphere that allows seniors to improve their physical health in many different ways. Let's dive in together and discover the different aspects that make swimming a vital source of well-being.
And - as always at RESTUBE - we'll give you valuable tips to make your time in the water safe and ensure you have a really good experience!
Why swimming is healthy for your body and mind
Swimming is an exercise that is extremely easy on the joints!
The buoyancy in the water significantly reduces pressure on the joints, making it an ideal exercise for older adults. Even people with joint pain or arthritis can find swimming very enjoyable and it helps to gain more freedom of movement - without any additional strain on bones and joints.
Swimming strengthens muscles and improves posture! Swimming is a holistic exercise that targets a variety of muscle groups in the body. Regular training in the water therefore maintains muscle strength and improves posture. This can significantly reduce the risk of falls and injuries, especially at a more mature age.
Swimming strengthens the heart and blood circulation! The controlled resistance of the water gently challenges the cardiovascular system and thus promotes cardiovascular health. Regular swimming can therefore help to regulate blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and improve general endurance.
Swimming promotes conscious breathing and helps to reduce stress! Breathing evenly while swimming can lead to improved lung function and a better breathing pattern. This conscious breathing in combination with the calming effect of the water can help to reduce stress and thus increase general well-being, which in turn contributes to an improved quality of life.
Special characteristics of open water swimming
Swimming in open water, whether in the sea, a lake or a river, has some unique advantages compared to swimming in a swimming pool.
One thing is clear: swimming in the great outdoors gives you an intense experience of nature. The connection with nature and the fresh air often lead to an improved mental well-being. The sun also ensures that the production of vitamin D in the body is stimulated. Vitamin D is important for bone health, the immune system and the regulation of hormone levels.
And since open water never has the same conditions - think of waves, currents, different temperatures - it promotes the body's ability to adapt and thus strengthens the muscles in a particularly varied way.
Swimming at an older age - whether in the pool or in open water - is always more than just a physical exercise, it is a holistic experience that nourishes body, mind and soul. Regular swimming can therefore help to improve quality of life enormously. Everyone needs to prepare for swimming adventures and seniors perhaps even more so that their experiences in the water are safe and enjoyable. Below we therefore take a look at the most important safety aspects of swimming.
You don't feel confident enough to swim in open water? You're not alone! We have addressed the widespread problem of fear of swimming in nature and summarized our tips in the blog post "How to overcome your fear of swimming"
Safe swimming for seniors: the right preparation
Before diving into the water, older adults in particular should take a few important steps to ensure that their experience in the water is both enjoyable and risk-free. With the right preparation, potential pitfalls can be easily avoided.
Here are some key factors to consider before you enter the water.
Speak to your doctor!
A health check-up should be carried out at regular intervals anyway, especially if you are going to be exposed to new physical strain. It is therefore essential to talk to your doctor and make sure that there are no health concerns.
Improve your swimming technique!
A good swimming technique is crucial in the water. It enables you to use energy efficiently. As strength and endurance can diminish as you get older, it is all the more important to make the best use of your existing resources.
There are now many swimming courses and trainings specifically for older people. The local DLRG groups can provide information for your region.
Use of swimming aids in the indoor pool
Swimming aids such as swimming noodles, pool noodles or swimming belts also known as aqua jogging belt can help older adults to maintain the correct posture in the water and support movement in the water through buoyancy.
Are you taking your grandchildren to the water? We've put together some tips and tricks on how to organize a safe and exciting trip to the water with children!Find out more
Never without additional buoyancy in open water!
Buoyancy means safety in the water. In open water, where there are often no lifeguards or other supervisors present, additional buoyancy, provided by Restube or the swim buoy by RESTUBE, is therefore a must for every swimmer. A current, a cramp or dwindling strength can always happen, to anyone. And don't forget! Other people can also find themselves in a critical situation in the water. The additional buoyancy can be passed on and you can provide crucial help without putting yourself in danger.
By the way: Restube not only gives you more freedom and safety! Also, your family and friends can be more relaxed when they know that you have additional buoyancy at hand!
Freedom at every age
Walter is 70 years old, his wife 67 and they both swim regularly in the lake and feel safe thanks to Restube.Read their full story here
Swimming at an older age offers a wealth of health benefits and is a safe and gentle way to improve your physical fitness. With the right preparation and a few tricks, spending time in the water can provide wonderful moments and increase your well-being in the long term. So why wait any longer? Get into your swimsuit, strap the Restube around your waist and discover the water!
The temperatures at the moment are not conducive to open water swimming - at least not at first glance. However, ice swimming is actually becoming increasingly popular. Brave swimmers venture into ice-cold waters and strengthen their body and mind in the process. Find out more in our blog post "Ice swimming: an ice-cold passion that is conquering the world".