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Now that the summer heat is upon us, you may be having a hard time getting motivated to exercise outside. An easy answer for this is to get in your exercise in the pool! Water provides an excellent workout, especially for people with joint issues or for those who don’t like the wear and tear of highimpact activities such as jogging. Another bonus? When you’re in the water, you don’t even notice that you’re sweating!
Water is a particularly beneficial form of exercise and it is particularly forgiving for those who are overweight or have musculoskeletal issues. It not only reduces gravity’s effect on the body, but its buoyancy also cushions stiff joints and fragile bones, making it perfect for older adults, those suffering from arthritis and other disabilities, and those carrying extra weight. Even athletes use water workouts to rehabilitate after an injury as it relieves pain and stiffness. Individuals with asthma may also prefer indoor pools because the warm, humid air can be easier on the lungs. When it comes to general health, swimming is definitely a beneficial exercise. There was a study that found that long-term swimmers older than 40 who swam more than four times a week showed fewer signs of aging than the general population. The regular swimmers also had lower blood pressure, cholesterol, better pulmonary (lung) function, and more muscle mass than those who didn’t swim. Swimming is truly a full-body workout, working your upper body, lower body, and core, all while getting your heart rate up. Because swimming isn’t a weight-bearing exercise, most research shows that you won’t build bone density from regular trips to the pool, but you will build strength as water provides 12 times the resistance of air!
As you can see, exercise in the water is extremely beneficial. Not only for the effects on your body, but it is a great way to still get in your exercise and keep cool in the summer!
“Disclaimer: Please consult with your medical provider if you have any medical conditions for any special considerations or exceptions.”