Whoever says that they are too old and too big to start adult swimming lessons obviously have no idea what they are talking about. It usually boils down to shame, an unbelief that at such an age, they do not know how to swim – something toddlers do at the pool, something 6 year olds do at the beach, something probably one of their younger relatives, or even their child is doing way better then they are. While they won’t admit it, it is a question of pride as they think that the sight of a fully grown adult floundering at the shallow end of the pool is about as dignified as being caught in someone else’s lingerie cabinet. But I am here to say that it is never too late to start and adults should set aside their pride for an activity that has so many benefits. Why is it too late to start? It isn’t. Disabled people are swimming. Mentally under developed individuals are swimming.
And you who have the limbs of a healthy human individual won’t start? It’s time to re assess your mental state and understand that you are going through like with an added disadvantage. You can’t swim means if you have kids, you can’t join them in one of the best bonding activities there is. While it is understandable that at an advanced age, some of us can’t keep up with our energetic bunnies of children in running and kicking a ball around, but swimming is one of the sports that therapist say is easier to adapt to. The same logic also comes into play when we are talking about keeping fit as we get older. As joints get eroded and age catches up on us, most of us are limited to what we can do to keep fit.
While issues like lifting weights and running are not out of the question, physical therapists are dubious about the positive effects of these activities and more like them, because how hard they are on the joints when we are young gets multiplied a couple of times. Pain and prolonged aches are a common feature, just as it is harder for older people to repair their muscles after a relatively intense workout session. Swimming is the middle ground, the solution to most of our problems. It keeps us lean because it is an excellent calorie burner, it keeps the muscles active as it is works the upper and lower body with equal intensity and it works out the most important muscle of all – the heart, which ensures that passages are not blocked and our cardio vascular system remains healthier than most who are inert and do not exercise on a daily or even bi daily basis.
So as you can see, there are so many benefits to adult swimming lessons and I have seen geriatrics taking swimming lessons on recommendations of their doctors. It is never too late to start and if that is stopping you from signing up, then think again and do yourself a favour.