Swimming your way to a younger you
Nov 21, 2012, 9:54 a.m.
As you age, it is important to find new, fun, and interesting ways to help you look and feel your best. Believe it or not, swimming is one of the best activities available that can help you do just that. Not only does a regular swimming routine make you feel refreshed and revitalized, it is also among the doctor recommended exercises to help relieve back pain.
According to LiveStrong.com, the Lance Armstrong Foundation's health and wellness website, doctors actually say that swimming is the best form of physical activity. This is true because it is a low impact exercise that offers a high calorie burn while being safe enough for a wide variety of people, including those with orthopedic issues. It is a good whole body workout choice for people over 55 who can use swimming exercises to relieve back pain, stress, high blood pressure, strokes, and diabetes.
The low impact aspect of swimming is a benefit to folks over 55 because you don't have to be an athlete or in tip top physical shape to reap the benefits. Even if you suffer from a leg or arm injury, you can still swim utilizing the stronger parts of your body. In fact, doctors consider swimming a part of rehabilitation exercises to relieve back pain and for people with osteoporosis because it allows the patient to exercise without the risk of a serious and debilitating fall.
Swimming is not only one of the best activities to strengthen your back if you have chronic back pain, it also makes you feel younger by giving you more energy and even helps you get sick less often by enhancing your immune system. There is definitely a connection between a regular routine of swimming and looking and feeling younger and healthier.
If you are ready to feel younger and more energetic, and are looking for activities to strengthen your back to ease your pain, take a dip today and soak up all of the benefits swimming has to offer fifty-something folks.
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