A new study has found that swimming can lead to reduced blood pressure for seniors who partake in the exercise regularly.
In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin studied a group of seniors who were not on blood pressure medication of any kind, but exhibited signs of early hypertension. These seniors were divided into two groups – one that practiced gentle relaxation exercises and another took up swimming for 12 weeks. Each group exercised 15 to 45 minutes for three to four days each week.
The group of swimmers lowered their blood pressure by seven percent on average. In addition, researchers noted that their arteries were much more elastic and responded better to quick changes in blood pressure.
Swimming has already been shown to be a great exercise for the elderly, as there is no risk of overheating. Seniors may tire out or begin to sweat when doing aerobic or weight exercises, but there is no pressure or heat involved in swimming.
Those who have loved ones with hypertension or high blood pressure will appreciate Southgate at Shrewsbury’s indoor swimming pool and both water aerobics classes and free swim time. Encouraging seniors to maintain an active lifestyle during their golden years can help improve their health and overall quality of life.