Stay Cool This Summer with These Safe Fitness Activities

May 13, 2014

We have all heard that regular exercise is essential to healthy aging, and we should continue to exercise well into our “golden years.” Although this isn’t new information to many of us, it is information that many seniors are not taking to heart. According to the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Related Statistics, only 11% of Americans over the age of 65 met the Federal physical activity guidelines in 2010. With the warm summer months just on the horizon, here are a few activities that will keep you fit  while staying cool this summer season.

Swimming

One excellent way to keep cool while staying fit is to take a swim! Swimming is the fourth most popular recreational activity in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention. It can reduce blood pressure, improve artery health, and gain muscle strength. It is also a great activity for seniors since it puts little stress on your joints.

Walking

Walking is one of those exercises that can truly be done just about anywhere. If the weather isn’t cooperating you can go to the local shopping center, inside an office building, or around a fitness center. As an added bonus, walking indoors provides a climate-controlled environment where you don’t have to worry as much about keeping cool. Be sure to pick up a pedometer to track your steps and commit to increasing your daily amount of steps gradually.

Aerobics

Maybe swimming and walking aren’t your thing. Perhaps signing up for a session of water aerobics would be more what you’re interested in. Water aerobics will increase your metabolism, improve cardiovascular health and can increase strength by slowing down age-related loss of muscle mass. You can even turn your pool into an aquatic fitness center by purchasing pool noodles, or by getting AquaJogger pool fitness gear at PoolProducts.com.

Cycling

Cycling, like walking, is another great activity that be enjoyed either indoors or outside. Whether your inside on an elliptical or outside on a bike, cycling can have many benefits on your health. According to the European Economic and Social Committee cycling can have a positive effect on emotional health, improving self-confidence, tolerance to stress, and well-being, while decreasing fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and various medical problems. Cycling is another activity that is much easier on your legs, knees, ankles, and feet than running, and can get your heart pumping without putting excessive pressure on your joints.

Pilates

Pilates is a great form of exercise that is suitable for people of any age range or fitness level. Pilates help promote better posture and spine health, as well as enhancing flexibility in your back muscles, while helping to maintain muscle mass lost due to aging. It can also improve balance and gives seniors a feeling of renewed energy and vigor. For seniors with limited mobility, Pilates can be performed on a floor mat or even a chair.

Sources: SeniorsGuideOnline.com

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