Overlooked Technique Builds Stronger Bones, Heart and Mood
Staying healthy can be a real challenge – especially for mature adults. Joint problems, weak bones and other concerns can make working out tough.
I’m the first to admit that anyone with bad knees shouldn’t spend hours every week on a treadmill. And lifting heavy weights probably isn’t a good idea for someone with brittle bones.
But you have to stay active to keep your heart and lungs healthy.
So what do you do when staying healthy means taking unacceptable risks? How about turning to an overlooked technique that safely boosts your health in many ways? For example, it…
- Builds stronger hearts and lungs
- Promotes bone health
- Helps relieve joint pain
- Can enhance your overall outlook on life
- Improves quality of life… and may even add years to that life.
So what is this overlooked technique? It’s swimming.
Remember how much fun swimming was when you were a kid? For generations of American children, the local swimming hole was the place to be in the summer.
And swimming can still be fun – no matter how far from being a kid you may be. The Centers for Disease Control report that people generally prefer swimming to other forms of physical activity.1
Plus, swimming offers incredible health benefits. Even if you have joint problems, weak bones or other health concerns.
That’s the beauty of swimming. It can give you a satisfying workout without unnecessary stress on your bones or joints. In fact, swimming is so gentle on your body; elite athletes often turn to swimming when injuries prevent them from otherwise working out.
And the benefits are huge.
The Department of Health and Human Services lists 15 clear benefits for mature adults with physical activities like swimming. These include…
- Better heart health
- Lower risk of high blood pressure and blood sugar problems
- Less likely to gain weight – and a better chance to drop extra pounds
- Overall improved lung and muscular health
- Improved mood and mental sharpness
There’s also fairly strong evidence that swimming can improve bone health and lead to better sleep.2
And swimming is especially good if you have joint problems or weak bones. Studies show people with joint problems can improve joint function by swimming. And swimming can improve overall bone health for at-risk individuals.1
Swimming can be an inexpensive workout, too. If you have a pool at home, it couldn’t be easier. But your local beach or a community or YMCA pool can be just as effective.
If you’re the competitive type, swimming offers you many opportunities. There are scores of swim clubs just for “masters” competitors. And many groups run competitive and non-competitive programs especially for mature swimmers.
But here’s the best news… Swimming can keep you healthier longer. And swimmers don’t just enjoy good health much longer than sedentary people. A 2008 study found that swimmers also beat out walkers and joggers.3
So if you suffer with joint or bone trouble, you can still get all the benefits of a good workout. And you can have more fun doing it. Just grab your suit and head for the beach.
Dr Kenneth Woliner, M.D.
Best Life Herbals
2 See http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/chapter2.aspx.
3 Chase, N.L., et al. 2008. Swimming and all-cause mortality risk compared with running, walking, and sedentary habits in men. Int J of Aquatic Res and Educ. 2(3): 213-23