Friday, March 15, 2013

THE BENEFITS OF AQUATIC EXERCISE

Aquatic exercise is more than just swimming laps.  It can include using the water for resistance when stretching, a way to control the body's movement during water aerobics, or it can provide a calming environment for persons suffering from certain physical medical conditions.

Exercise in the water puts very little strain on the bones, joints and soft tissues while still allowing for high levels of energy expenditure. The buoyancy and cushioning effect of water is especially beneficial to people at risk when performing weight-bearing exercise such as the elderly or obese. It may help with pain management for individuals with soft tissue injury, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or orthopedic disorders.

Exercising in the water decreases the amount of weight the spine and joints have to support. The buoyancy of water supports about 50 percent of body weight for a person immersed waist-deep and 90 percent of body weight for a person immersed up to the neck.

Working out in a heated indoor pool, such at the one located in The Cambridge Clubhouse at The Mansards Apartments not only soothes the body but can help calm the mind.  Exercise in warm water relaxes muscles, decreases depression, anxiety and stress, and thereby improves your overall mood.  Also, regular visits to have a swim in the warm waters during the long dreary months of winter helps alleviate symptoms of seasonal mood disorders.

Exercising in water offers many physical and mental health benefits and is a good choice for people who want to be more active. When in the water, remember to protect yourself and others from illness and injury by practicing healthy and safe swimming behaviors.