Another Benefit of Water Aerobics – RECOVERY!

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By Alison Kennedy, FPH Wellness Director

You may have heard or read about the many benefits of exercising in water. Improved cardio endurance, weight loss and stress relief — just to name a few. But in addition to these important benefits, working out in the water is a great place to allow recovery to happen, as well.

I’ve been involved with sports a good part of my life – particularly as a runner.  As with any sport, it’s important to have rest days in between rigorous cardio or strength training days because your muscles need time to recuperate and repair.  Water exercise allows you to recover, while still getting in a workout. The lack of impact on the joints and muscles gives your body time to mend. Plus, rest days give the muscles, bones and connective tissue a chance to rebuild.

According to recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine, you should train each major muscle group two or three days per week and leave at least 48 hours for recovery between each training session. That means rest days are just as important as training days. So, don’t skip the rest days. Get in the water and MOVE! Your body will thank you.

You Can Do More Than Just Stay Cool in the Pool!

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By Alison Kennedy, Wellness Director, Florida Presbyterian Homes

The month of August brings summer heat, but working out in the water can cool you off. Plus, pool exercise can be therapeutic as well.

Water exercise helps build cardio, strength and flexibility. It’s also a great exercise environment for aging joints. The pool is an inviting place to exercise both physically and socially. 

 What are some of the benefits of water exercise?

  • It’s easy on the joints. There’s no gravity in water, so there’s no impact on the joints with exercise movements.  This is especially beneficial to those who have arthritis.
  • It builds muscle and strength. Water can provide much greater resistance than air based on the volume and the speed of movements within the water. This resistance helps to strengthen and tone muscles.
  • It creates a social atmosphere. Aquafit and other group exercise classes provide a socialization benefit that can help motivate people to maintain an exercise program.  Developing friendships, interacting within a group and having the ability to share common experiences helps to create a positive exercise environment.
  • And…there’s hydrostatic pressure. The hydrostatic pressure created by water helps to decrease the tendency of blood pooling in the lower portions of the body, which helps reduce swelling and can also help steady unstable joints.

Overall, pools provide a “softer” environment for exercise. The water supports your body and falling isn’t a concern. No special equipment is needed, although you can use a variety of fitness or flotation devices if desired. Pool exercise allows for a wider range of motion, helps alleviate fatigue, and also helps relieve stress and tension.

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