Water aerobic exercise can bring back many workout activities that
your aging parents may have had to give up. The benefits of walking,
running, cross country skiing, or weight-lifting workouts can be
accomplished without the strain to joints when done on land.
Karen Westfall is a trainer that will demonstrate these movements appropriate for anyone, including senior citizens.
A good physical workout can enhance the quality of life at any age.
We loose muscle mass as we age. Flexibility and balance can also be
compromised. Done on a regular basis, the routines shown in the
following video will work to maintain and enhance the abilities needed
for independence and safety in daily life.
Exercises in Water
A variety of movements are featured in these video clips:
Ankle rotations - Maintaining the flexibility of the talus bone to enhance walking.
Water Walking Techniques - Used to stretch and flex opposing muscles.
Water Marching - for more involvement of the knees.
Running in Water - higher cardiac activity. Stay with walking or marching if your back has had previous trauma.
Deep Water Running - can simulate the effects of deep water in even 4 or 5 ft of water.
The movements in this video can be used alone, or in combination
with the other Water Workout Videos. They can be used as a warm-up if
your parent is a regular swimmer.
Best Water Exercises -
Water Routines 1 - warm-up, jumping jacks, foot, knee
Water Routines 2 - walking, heel marching, running
Water Aerobic Exercises - Water Aerobic Routines 3 - combination routines