Natación para mayores

Descubra los numerosos beneficios para la salud y aprenda a prepararse adecuadamente

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!

Por qué la natación es saludable para el cuerpo y la mente

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.

Nadar a una edad avanzada -ya sea en la piscina o en aguas abiertas- es siempre algo más que un ejercicio físico, es una experiencia holística que nutre el cuerpo, la mente y el alma. Por eso, nadar con regularidad puede ayudar a mejorar enormemente la calidad de vida. Todo el mundo necesita prepararse para las aventuras de la natación y los mayores quizás aún más para que sus experiencias en el agua sean seguras y agradables. Por ello, a continuación repasamos los aspectos de seguridad más importantes de la natación.

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 "Cómo superar el miedo a nadar"

How to overcome the fear of swimming

Natación segura para mayores: la preparación adecuada

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.

Hable con su médico!
De todos modos, debería realizarse un chequeo médico a intervalos regulares, sobre todo si va a exponerse a nuevos esfuerzos físicos. Por lo tanto, es esencial que hables con tu médico y te asegures de que no hay ningún problema de salud.


Mejora tu técnica de natación
Una buena técnica de natación es crucial en el agua. Te permite utilizar la energía de forma eficiente. Como la fuerza y la resistencia pueden disminuir con la edad, es muy importante aprovechar al máximo los recursos de que se dispone.

There are now many swimming courses and trainings specifically for older people. The DLRG local groups can provide information for your region.

Uso de accesorios de natación en la piscina cubierta
Las ayudas para la natación, como los fideos, los fideos de piscina o los cinturones de natación, también conocidos como cinturones de aqua jogging, pueden ayudar a las personas mayores a mantener la postura correcta en el agua y favorecer el movimiento en el agua gracias a la flotabilidad.

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

¡Nunca sin flotabilidad adicional en aguas abiertas!
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 boya de natación de 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!

Libertad a cualquier edad

Walter tiene 70 años, su mujer 67 y ambos nadan regularmente en el lago y se sienten seguros gracias a Restube.

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Libertad a cualquier edad

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 "Natación sobre hielo: una pasión helada que conquista el mundo".

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