In the 1985 movie “Cocoon,” a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons and find themselves rejuvenated. We can’t promise such dramatic results when you swim in one of Lake Ashton’s pools, but there are still a lot of reasons to make swimming part of your lifestyle when you retire in Florida.
Swimming has been called the perfect exercise. Here’s why:
• Whole body conditioning. By using almost all of your major muscle groups, swimming works your whole body – and you burn plenty of calories!
• Low impact. Swimming, along with other pool exercises such as kicking workouts, water aerobics and pool running, gives you a great exercise session without the weight of your body pounding you with each move.
• Low risk of injury. In the water, there’s no stress on your bones, joints or connective tissues, so you can enjoy a rigorous workout with a minimal chance of hurting yourself.
• Reduce stress. Swimming allows you to enjoy the meditative and healing properties of water; it’s a relaxing way to work out. It’s also a great way to socialize. Was your decision to retire in Florida based on a desire to escape the stress of work? Swimming will help you quickly adapt to your new lifestyle.
• Improve blood pressure. An exercise regimen that includes swimming can help reduce blood pressure or prevent high blood pressure, which can also lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
If you haven’t done much swimming before you retire in Florida, keep these tips in mind:
• Start slow. Give your body a chance to get accustomed to this type of workout.
• Wear sunscreen. When you’re swimming in an outdoor pool during the day, apply sunscreen before you get in the water and after you get out if you’re going to be sitting around the pool.
• Protect your hair. Wear a swim cap, rinse your hair immediately after getting out of the pool, and use specialty conditioners and shampoos to keep your hair from getting dry and brittle from the sun and chlorine.