Swimming has significant benefits for older adults

Swimming has significant benefits for older adults

Swimming has significant benefits for older adults

Swimming improves vascular function, BP in older adults

HealthDay News — Regular swimming improved blood pressure (BP) and vascular function in older adults with early hypertension, study data indicate.

“Swimming exercise elicits hypotensive effects and improvements in vascular function in previously sedentary older adults,” Nantinee Nualim, PhD, of the University of Texas in Austin, and colleagues reported in the April 1 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.

Swimming is thought to be an ideal exercise for older adults due to the minimal weight-bearing stress and decreased heat load associated with the activity. But little data is available on potential vascular risks.

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