Safe and Fun Water Activities for Seniors
Summertime is all about making the most of the long days, getting out and enjoying the sunshine (safely) and making a splash! Water activities are a great way to get some exercise, cool down and have some good old-fashioned fun. Fellowship Square offers tips to help seniors enjoy water activities that are fun and safe this summer.
Water aerobics is a popular and fun water activity that keeps seniors physically fit and provides a “cool” way to work out even when the weather is hot. Water aerobics is great for those that experience joint pain or have arthritis, and because water is 12 times denser than air, it works as resistance without weights so it offers a great physical activity without being too hard on the joints. Standing pushups, leg lifts, arm curls, “high knees,” and jogging in place are all great ways to get fit in the water this summer!
Swimming laps is also a great way to get some exercise, build endurance, increase flexibility and tone muscles. Swimming as exercise can even help preserve bone density and reduce seniors’ risk of osteoporosis.
Playing in the water can be just as much fun as it is a workout. From water basketball and water volleyball to simply playing Marco Polo with the grandkids, moving around in the water is exercise and lots of fun for families of all ages.
Paddle boarding is another great way to experience the water and it provides physical activity too. There are multiple lakes in Arizona from Lake Pleasant to Saguaro Lake that offer beautiful and scenic paddleboard opportunities. Even right in town Tempe Town Lake allows paddle boarding and offers equipment for rent. Kayaking is another similar and fun way to experience the water this summer in the valley.
Pontoon boating is another great way to spend the day on the water. Scorpion Bay Marina at Lake Pleasant offers a variety of pontoon boats for half day or full day rentals, as does Bartlett Lake, Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake Marina. When doing any boating, paddle boarding or kayaking, it’s important to follow the safety rules of the lake and always wear sun protection and a life jacket.
Fellowship Square invites its residents, their families and caregivers to “make a splash” and enjoy the season in the comfort of the water! With endless ways to enjoy the water (and get fit while doing so), there’s no reason not to dive into some wet and wild water fun this summer!