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Summer is just around the corner and with the heat coming to Southern Californa, it may be a little harder to get outdoors and workout in Lomita, CA.  One way to stay cool as the temperatures rise and get a workout in is to go swimming. Did you know that one of the best ways to improve one’s cardiovascular and mental health is through swimming?. And that is not exclusive to teens or young adults. Studies have shown that, for people over the age of 50, swimming is optimal in aiding with chronic illness for it provides a variety of low-impact exercises.

Health Benefits

Seniors who exercised at least 60 hours per week have a reduced possibility of disability, which is achievable because of the low-impact nature of the sport. It allows people of all ages to exercise for longer periods of time and at a higher intensity than other physical therapeutic activities. This benefits their cardiovascular health because their circulation is improved during swimming.

Scientists say that, even up until your 70th birthday, swimming affects blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cardiovascular performance, central nervous system health, cognitive functioning, muscle mass, and blood chemistry.

One of the best things about swimming is that everybody can go at their own pace. The buoyancy of the water makes the exercise easy on the joints and ailing ligaments. Athletes recovering from injuries can really test their rehabilitation progress through the duration or intensity of their exercises. Older people can also control their fitness program to best accommodate their bodies.

It Targets Underworked Muscles

One might feel sore throughout their whole body after the first swimming exercise. This is because Swimming helps target muscles that are not normally used in their daily lives, such as lats, deltoids, and traps. Plus, as swimming forces one to stay balanced and level with the water, people can develop deep stabilizing muscles in their cores and lower backs.

Possible Complications

People over the age of 50 may have underlying health conditions, which makes them more subjective to possible diseases and illnesses. Contracting diseases, such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia may lead to secondary complications or even hospitalization. As a precaution, be sure to not swallow the pool water and wash your hands when exiting the pool. So before you take on swimming as a way to improve your physical health make sure you consult with your doctor.