Senior woman swimming in pool

How Beneficial Are Water Aerobics Exercises for Seniors?

Exercise is valuable for a person’s body and mind at any age. After the age of 65, it is recommended that you get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise three to five times per week. Senior living communities, like St. Paul’s Senior Community, offer individual fitness programs and group classes, all customized to accommodate all fitness levels. Maintaining a regimen of regular exercise has many benefits, including:

  • Improving sleep quality and overall mood
  • Reducing injuries and falls
  • Increasing physical endurance
  • Improving cholesterol levels
  • Burning calories and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Strengthening the heart, lungs and vascular system

Even basic exercises like walking and using exercise machines can help improve your overall health. Swimming is also an excellent way to exercise, especially for seniors. If you or a loved one is interested in starting a water-based exercise program, it helps to understand the benefits and the options.


Not only is swimming a fun form of exercise, but it is often listed as one of the very best ways for seniors to stay in shape. Some senior living communities, like Mission Chateau Senior Living Community, have pools on-site so seniors can seize the opportunity to experience the enjoyment and health benefits of swimming. Here are five of the most important health benefits of swimming for seniors:

  1. It is a low-impact (non-weight-bearing) exercise, which is ideal for aging joints or seniors with joint diseases.
  2. Because it is low-impact, swimming helps to improve range of motion and overall flexibility.
  3. Swimming works all the major muscle groups, making it ideal for improving stability and reducing the risk of falls.
  4. The Swim Strong Foundation reports that swimming for just 30 minutes per day can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by up to 40%.
  5. Swimming can provide opportunities to socialize or can be done alone.


Swimming laps in a pool or attending an adult swimming class is a great way for seniors to get exercise in the water. Another wonderful way to get your heart pumping while enjoying some water fun is to take part in water aerobics. The pool at Mission Chateau is available for both water aerobics and open swim, and it is accompanied by a Jacuzzi that is excellent for joint, muscle and stress relief. Water aerobics exercises for seniors are all low-impact and offer heart and health benefits. Here are a few suggestions for water aerobics exercises:

Flutter Kicking 

You can do this exercise with a kickboard or without. If you have a kickboard, hold it in front of you and kick your legs to move your body back and forth across the pool. If you do not have a kickboard, do a front float with your head above the water. Hold on to the side of the pool and kick your legs at a steady tempo.

Aqua Jogging 

This exercise provides all the benefits of jogging with the low-impact benefits of being in the water. It can be done as simply as jogging in the water from one side of the pool to the other.

Arm Curls 

To complete this exercise, stand in the middle of the pool with water weights (or use empty milk gallons filled with water!). Hold the weights out in front of you and curl the weights up and down. Repeat as many times as you can.

Leg Lifts 

Use the water to provide resistance and take turns lifting each leg out to the side and back down. Repeat until your legs are tired, making sure to keep your balance.

Standing Water Push-Ups 

Doing water push-ups can help you to build strength in your shoulders, chest and arms without causing joint issues. To do this, stand on the side of the pool and put your hands a bit more than shoulder-width apart on the edge of the pool. Bend your arms and lean toward the wall, then push your body back to standing. Repeat this exercise slowly, as many times as you can.


At Tutera Senior Living & Health Care, we are committed to helping you maintain the lifestyle you want and to ensuring you can enjoy the activities you choose. Our senior wellness program includes fitness activities, as well as healthy diet planning, a gym and a yoga studio. Most of our communities, like Mission Chateau and St. Paul’s, offer walking paths, healing gardens, a spa and personal education and coaching sessions on designing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Contact Tutera Senior Living today to learn more about our amenities and services or check our community finder to locate a Tutera community near you!

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The Atriums Senior Living Community
Carnegie Village Senior Living Community
Mission Chateau Senior Living Community
Moweaqua Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
St. Paul's Senior Community
Tiffany Springs Senior Living Community
Victory Hills Senior Living Community