Doctors often recommend aquatic exercises for people with joint injuries or infections, or who’ve had surgery, as a way to stay fit and shorten recovery time. You could get relief from symptoms of chronic conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia and arthritis. A pool workout gives you “better balance, agility and endurance,
Water is one of the best fitness tools there is. Here are some of the ways aquatic workouts help:
- They provide resistance, which strengthens muscles and boosts cardio intensity.
- Water supports some of your weight, making workouts easier on joints and reducing the chances for an injury, especially if you’re overweight and out-of-shape. “Working out in water is very safe because no joints or bones are forced to bear too heavy a load
- Pool exercises are great fat-burners.“You can burn a higher level of calories in a shorter time in the pool.
- Working out in the water doesn’t feel much like work.“It’s impossible not to smile as you jump into a pool — and enjoying your workout is the best way to make sure you’ll stick with it.
To get the most of your water workout, follow these tips:
- Don’t go in deeper than waist-high. That way your feet will have good contact with the pool floor and your leg muscles will be able to support some of your weight.
- Wear water shoesto improve traction and webbed gloves (usually made of Neoprene with webbing between the fingers) to add resistance and intensity to arm movements
- Drink lots of waterduring and after your workout: “You can get dehydrated in the pool as easily as you can on land