weekly blog--one for the ages
It’s hard to believe that I began swimming at Crystal Lake a week before Memorial Day and finished on Columbus Day. That was a record. Usually the outdoor swim season starts in mid-June and ends during the last week of September.
Swimming is considered the perfect workout, according to health experts. The buoyancy of the water supports your body and takes the strain off painful joints so you can move them fluidly. Research has also found that swimming can improve your mental state and put you in a better mood.
Other exercises that top the list for older people, according to a recent Harvard Medical School report: Tai Chi, Strength Training, Walking, and Kegel, which strengthens the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder. Less formal but equally important: raking leaves, playing with grandkids, and food shopping where you have to carry the bags.
The bottom line: doing some form of aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes a day with two days of strength training a week is a seriously smart choice to improve your health and well-being.