Summer Swimming Tips for Seniors
Everyone welcomes the warmer summer temperatures so they can get outdoors. However, for some, it can be too hot. That’s where swimming comes in. It’s especially good for the elderly as it helps keep them from overheating and makes it easier to move more freely because it puts less strain on aging joints.
If you are in your senior years or have family you look after that is aging, it’s important to know about summer swimming safety tips. Keep yourself and those you love safe by following this advice.
– Never swim alone
You might think children are most susceptible to drowning, but it is the elderly that have a greater danger. When fatigue, cramps, and dizziness take hold, it can make getting out of the pool safely impossible. That’s why you should always swim with someone around. A lifeguard is a great asset at any pool, though if you’re swimming in your own private pool, do so with someone else there just in case.
– Put that sunscreen on
Everyone needs sunscreen in the sun though senior citizens have more sensitive skin. They also bear a greater risk for developing skin cancer. Choose something that offers broad spectrum protection, is waterproof and sweatproof, and has an SPF of at least 30, though SPF 50 may be best.
– Practice safety getting in and out of the pool
Between slippery pool decks and precarious pool ladders, it can be a challenge to get out of the pool safely. Always use the stairs and even if you think you don’t need to, hold the railing as you enter or exit. This will prevent any injuries as you make your way in or out of the pool.
– Frequent breaks are a must
While the water does keep things cooler, it is easier to exhaust yourself in the pool as a senior. Plus, the sun can really cause damage. Take breaks in the shade and enjoy plenty of water and fruit while you rest up. This will help prevent injury and fatigue.
– Work with a personal trainer
If you’re an active senior on your own or you have a family member that needs assistance, swimming is great exercise. A personal trainer can help oversee with proper techniques and water-based exercises. They can also keep you safe, providing a watchful eye when you’re in the water.
Whether you want to swim in your own pool or the one at the gym, In Your Home Therapy has personal trainers that will come to you. We know all about how to help seniors swim and train safely so you can enjoy healthy activity to promote your longevity. Schedule an appointment today!