16 Feb Age 40 is not too late for swimming!
For those who love water sports, the most appropriate age to learn to swim by default is from elementary school. That age not only helps us to be more receptive but also helps us to develop the body in the most comprehensive way.
However, if you turn 40, an age that people call “four weeks”, “middle age”, is it still appropriate to start swimming lessons?
Age is just a number
Yes, age cannot say anything. Moreover, old Marx-Lenin taught “Learn, learn more, learn forever”. We learn how to swim is no different from acquiring more knowledge. Not to mention swimming is also a life skill. You cannot know if you will need it in the future. But for sure, once you know how to swim (swim to survive), no matter how bad your situation is, you still have the skills to manage and overcome it.
Not to mention that swimming in middle age will help you gain many benefits for your body!
What are the benefits of swimming for older adults?
Compared to other forms of exercise, swimming has a distinct advantage of being floating in the water environment, which minimizes the risk of strong impacts and thus avoids injuries.
In addition, swimming also helps to flex the spine that has been slightly cuffed in the elderly. Studies show that exercising at the hip water level reduces stress in the joints by 50%. Exercising at breast water level can help reduce the tension in the joints by 75%. Swimming is also very useful for those who want to recover from joint injuries, increase the endurance of the body.
Helps blood circulation and is beneficial for breathing
When swimming, water pressure plus muscle pressure press on the blood vessels to help blood flow back to the heart and lungs. Due to the pressure of water on the swimmer’s chest, restricting the inhalation and exhalation, strong breathing is necessary, helping to develop the respiratory system and increase the living capacity of the lungs.
The higher the capacity of the lungs to live, the greater the ability to persevere in labor, the more movement, create favorable conditions for breathing and reduce asthma attacks, especially for smokers.
Reduce cardiovascular risk, increase blood pressure
Regular swimming can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the body. When swimming, will increase blood and oxygen supply to the lungs and muscles, enhance the cardiovascular system, and at the same time bring a positive effect in the release of carbon dioxide from the body, helping the body maintains stable blood pressure and reduces the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Relax, reduce stress
Swimming is also one of the best relaxations for the body. When swimming, the body will be best massaged by water, helping to relax the mind, creating a feeling of positivity and relaxation, forgetting the pressures and stresses of life.
It is also effective for people with insomnia or nervous breakdown. Swimming helps blood circulation, keeps blood pressure stable so that blood can be carried to the brain easily, it will prevent dementia.
Swimming can help you extend life
Most sports help improve our health and prolong life. Swimming is one of the most effective sports. Researchers at the University of South Carolina studied 40,547 men between the ages of 20 and 90 for 32 years. Results showed that swimmers had a 50% lower risk of dying than those who are runners, walkers, or those who did not exercise at all.
You will encounter some obstacles when began swimming at the age of 40
Everything will have two sides of it. Swimming helps but if you are just starting to learn to swim in your 40s, you will experience some challenges.
Horizontal posture in the water
The directions that help us navigate the space to maintain a stable posture in a standing position are reversed when we change position and lie in the water. What is above when standing is now in the back when lying down, what is below when standing is now in the foreground when lying down.
That leaves us all disoriented, confused and tense. Therefore, we need to create a new database to support the brain to gradually understand the new posture in the water. It is not difficult but it takes time.
Breathe in the water
On the shore, we usually inhale and exhale through the nose. But in the water, you have to practice breathing through the mouth, breathing out through the mouth and nose. Just bring the habit of “breathing” through the nose into the water, you will choke immediately.
Usually, every novice must choke on the water a few times to remember. That is not to mention not always want to breathe but breathe, but must combine breathing with movements of arms, legs, head, neck so that the rhythm is correct. It is not difficult but it takes you a lot of time.
It takes twice as long to know how to swim
Age is also a big obstacle when you want to learn to swim. If it was before when you were 20, you can practice swimming for hours without getting tired. Well now, as long as you practice breathing it will take you all day.
Each movement also takes twice or three times as long, as usual, to remember so that you don’t make mistakes. You just try to calculate and you can see in order for you to learn to swim, on average it takes almost a month to swim proficiently.
Still know that in your 40s, you will have a lot of trouble learning to swim. But looking at the positives that swimming brings, you should try to overcome the obstacles at first to gain benefits later. For swimming, it’s never too late to go to school. For swimming, it’s better late than never. For swimming, you can practice for life.