The pool is a fantastic place for seniors to have some fun and stay active. That’s because floating in water takes strain off aching joints and makes it easier to get moving. Here are four easy, low-impact pool exercises anyone can do to get the blood flowing and increase strength and flexibility.
1. Arm Circles
In a part of the pool where the water is up to your neck, balance with one foot in front of you and the other behind. Then, hold your arms straight out to each side with your palms down and make circular motions for at least 10 or 15 seconds clockwise and then again in the other direction.
2. Leg Swings
Start at a side of the pool with water at least up to your lower back area. Hold the pool’s edge, facing along the pool’s side, and swing your outside leg to the front while keeping it straight. Hold it a few seconds, and then swing it behind you for another few seconds. Repeat these motions for both legs 10 to 15 times.
3. Wall Chair
Work your abs in a corner of your pool where the water is about as high as your chest. Put your back to the wall and use your arms to hold you up. Put your knees together, and use your abs to lift your legs toward your chest with your knees bent. Do 10 or 15 repetitions.
4. Leg Pushes
Hold one leg with your knee pointing out and your lower leg at a right angle pointing down. Put a flotation device like a pool noodle under your foot, slowly push it all the way down, and then bring it back up. Repeat 10 or 15 times with each leg.