Thursday, 2 October 2014

Fighting Obesity: Pools for Seniors

A large percentage of senior citizens in Australia are rapidly increasing along with the rest of the population. Some studies add that as many as one million seniors in the country today are overweight.

Further studies add that being overweight or obese puts people at greater risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis and respiratory ailments, among other things. Of course, exercise can help seniors lose the excess weight, but at their age, strenuous activities like lifting weights or even prolonged running may cause injuries.

Fortunately, adding a swimming pool to homes provides older citizens a way to exercise without overexerting themselves. When people swim, their body is supported by the water, which reduces the pressure on their joints. This doesn’t mean, however, that water exercises are not as effective as their dry-land counterparts. Water is approximately 12 times denser than air, so any activity done in a pool becomes an effective means of strength training.

Improved muscle tone isn’t the only benefit a pool offers, though. Swimming can also help seniors preserve bone density and stave off osteoporosis. As an aerobic exercise, it also helps make the heart stronger, which lowers the risk of contracting coronary heart disease.

Maintaining a healthy weight is a life-long commitment and physical activity is a key factor in it. If standard exercise routines cause too much strain on your joints and muscles, having a pool installed in your backyard should be a nice alternative.

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