Why Water Exercise? Time to Take the Plunge!

Aquatic exercise is one of the best all-around workouts for seniors.

Here are a few reasons to take the plunge and try aqua fitness.

Less impact on your joints

While in the water, your body is buoyant and the impact to your joints is significantly less than exercising on land.

More resistance

Water provides substantially more resistance, making each movement in the pool more challenging.  Additionally, muscles typically work in pairs; i.e. biceps & triceps or quadriceps & hamstrings.  Water exercise works both muscle pairs because you are always encountering resistance.

Gets your blood moving

You can workout at a higher intensity in the water than on land. Hydrostatic pressure, the pressure that the water exerts on the body while submerged, assists in blood flow and improves blood oxygenation.

The flexible benefits

Water allows you to perform stretches that may be difficult on land.  The reduced impact of gravity allows you to move a joint through a wider range of motion and achieve greater flexibility.

Water exercise is beneficial for individuals with. . .

OSTEOPOROSIS

Osteoarthritis affects the cartilage of the joints and is seen most often in the spine, hip, knee and ankle. Water exercise can also enhance balance, coordination, posture and performance skills thus reducing the risk of falls and injury.

 ARTHRITIS

The Arthritis Foundation encourages water exercise as one of the best activities for individuals of all ages who have arthritis symptoms.

DIABETES

Diabetes, like hypertension, responds well to increased physical activity.  A regular exercise program is a cornerstone to diabetic care.

You will be able to find a variety of water exercise classes; such as Aqua Strength, Aqua Circuit, Aqua Kickboxing, and Aqua Zumba just to name a few.  If you’re not ready for an exercise class, just walking in the water or swimming – both have great fitness benefits.  Before initiating a fitness program, you should consult your physician as modifications in medications or exercise scheduling may be in order.streaming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 2017 movie

 

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Cindy Luebke. Cindy is the Director of Wellness for the J. Leonard Levy Family Wellness Center located on the Shalom Park Campus. For more information, she can be reached at 303-400-2293 or Cindy.Luebk@shalomcares.net