Having a swimming pool as part of our adult community here in Auburn certainly has its advantages. After all, the only way to have one closer is to have it on your backyard. And while that would certainly be closer, owning a pool can be a real hassle. Not only do you have to have someone clean it, but you also have to pay for the upkeep…year after year after year. That adds up to a lot of money. If you’re moving from a house with a pool, you certainly won’t miss those sorts of problems. On the other hand, in our 55 and older community you’ll have a pool very close by but won’t have to deal with keeping it clean.

But it’s not just the logistics of the Legacy’s pool that makes it such an appealing part of active adult living. Swimming itself is incredibly good exercise, one that’s perfect for aging bodies. Let’s take a look at what makes the pool so enticing to those in our adult lifestyle community.

It’s Low Impact

This is probably the aspect that most seniors are interested in. As we age, the cartilage at our joints deteriorates and gets weaker, making it more difficult and sometimes painful to move. This means that high-impact exercises such as running are one of the first exercises that people give up as they age. Swimming, on the other hand, gives a person a full-body workout without the jarring impact that comes with many types of exercise.

It Helps the Heart

Swimming is an excellent aerobic exercise for the body. It’s a whole-body exercise that gets all four limbs moving, which in turn gets the heart moving. Most of us could use extra exercise that benefits the heart, as exercises such as swimming can also reduce blood pressure and improve your circulation. Get your heart stronger in our active adult community!

It’s Great For Staying Limber

As our bodies age, they don’t bend quite the same way they used to. It’s harder to get in and out of lower cars, and bending over to pick up lucky pennies just doesn’t seem worth it anymore.

That’s where the swimming pool at our 55+ retirement community comes in. When you swim, you’re gently stretching your limbs. You’re also stretching and exercising the muscles of the back and abdomen, as well as turning your neck as you breathe while doing laps. All of this is done while your body is being supported by the water, which means that it’s easy on muscles and ligaments.

It Provides Resistance

One of the cool aspects of swimming is that it’s providing resistance as you move. Every time you walk across the pool or move your arms underwater, your limbs have to move that water out of the way; this is resistance. Simply moving through the pool is putting good stress on your muscles, so much more than they get walking on land.

Why is this so important? It’s not just about your muscles. Resistance also puts stress (the good kind) on your bones, which can increase your bone mineral density and reduce your risk of osteoporosis.

All of that and you don’t even have to clean the pool yourself! Ready to take a dip that’s just a short walk from your new home? Check out the new home plans right here.