If you’re over 65, you know how important it is to not only stay physically active and fit, but also emotionally and spiritually through low impact techniques like meditation. And while the body and mind might not function the way they used to, as many people know, there are many ways to practice. The point is to find the way that works for you.
Deborah Campbell pens this recent TC Palm post on the benefits of aquatic exercises for seniors. According to Campbell, although getting that body moving while in a pool of water has it’s physical benefits, including reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and arthritis pain, the exercises also have psychological and meditative benefit.
Aquatic exercise is beneficial as water’s buoyancy supports your weight. Mayo clinic reports that when you are submersed up to your neck in water, it cancels about 90 percent of your body weight, significantly reducing stress on your weight-bearing joints, bones and muscles. Instead of landing on a hard surface with the full weight jarring your joints, you land with only 10 percent of your body’s weight reducing the risk of injury.
Aquatic exercise also has psychological benefits. It gives your mind time to relax. By focusing on the rhythm of your stroke, swimming becomes a form of meditation. It can leave you relaxed, refreshed and ready to go on with the rest of your day.
Read more from Campbell on aquatic exercises for seniors as a form of meditation here.