7 Ways Water Workouts Work Wonders May 1, 2014Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness.
For people with arthritis, hip injuries, or other joint maladies, working out on land can be incredibly painful, if not impossible. Of course, not exercising can cause those conditions to worsen over time.
If you’re caught between a rock and a hard place, consider a third option . . . water aerobics:
1. Exercising in water improves muscle strength. The water’s resistance makes movements harder than on land, resulting in faster development of muscle strength, endurance and flexibility.
2. Participants can control movements more easily using the water’s buoyancy to distribute the weight load, improve their balance, and reduce the impact on tender joints.
4. Water pressure compresses the chest, lowering the heart rate and helping blood circulate more efficiently.
5. In a cool pool, participants can exercise longer and more comfortably.
6. Water workouts may also improve mood and mental health. Being in water encourages a more positive outlook, which speeds recovery from both illness and accidents.
7. Warm water relaxes muscles, eases tension, reduces stress, and lessens mental fatigue. It may also promote chemical changes in the brain which maintain critical thinking and memory skills.
Aah . . . that’s better!
For more on Water Aerobics: Aquatic Fitness (AARP)
Or watch this video on smooth underwater moves from WaterGym.com
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