Exercise is an important part of everyone’s life, especially as you age. It not only keeps you active, but also helps to ward off various diseases, and helps to strengthen the heart and mind. Water exercise is one of the least strenuous ways to strengthen the body, and it comes with a variety of benefits.
- Lower risk of falling and getting hurt
- Very little strain on the joints, especially if the workout is done in deep water
- Allows even people with ankle, back or shoulder injuries to exercise, because the buoyancy of the water takes the pressure off of the body
- Water naturally provides resistance, making it a great workout
- It offers cardiovascular benefits
- It is possible to include weights in the workout to enhance its benefits
- Helps to increase metabolism
- Decreases the likelihood of muscle loss
- Increases self-confidence and a sense of well-being
A Longer Workout
Because water exercise is less strenuous, and, for some people, more enjoyable, due to the decreased amount of pain that they feel, they can work out longer. This enables everyone to enjoy the benefits of exercising, without dealing with the drawbacks that aerobic or strength training exercises on land can cause.
Take a Class
Anyone interested in participating in water exercise should ask their in-home care provider to help them find a local class. While it is possible for anyone to participate in walking, or even jogging, in the water, taking a structured class can help enhance the workout. It also helps to decrease the risk of injury or performing an exercise incorrectly.