If your fitness goals include maximizing results whilst minimizing the risk of injury, it’s time to get your feet wet with aquatic exercise. Sports medicine research supports this trend, with studies whose results indicate that water exercise improves total cholesterol levels, and enhances cardiovascular fitness, strength flexibility and agility. One study even showed that water exercise can potentially reduce anxiety.
Aquatic exercise increases the blood supply to your muscles, burns calories, increases your body’s utilization of oxygen, and decreases your blood pressure. By minimizing impact stress on the muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments, many people who can’t exercise comfortably on land discover that they can perform safe, efficient and effective workouts in the pool. Aquatic exercise is particularly effective for people suffering from:
- Back pain
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
Aquatic exercise will reduce stress on your joints, whilst toning you muscles through water resistance. The increased work load that results from the water’s reduces speeds up caloric expenditure. You’ll stay cool, even if you’re performing a hard workout, and, even more important, you’ll have loads of fun. Studies show how deep-water running with flotation cuts down on the compression of the spine compared to running on land, and so it reduces spinal shrinkage. This effect of “unloading” the pressure on the spine is important, because 80 percent of people experience debilitating back pain at one time or another and compression of the vertebrae and discs is a major cause.
Deep Water Running
When distance runners want to reduce the joint impact associated with training, they cross-train in the pool. In contrast to running on land – especially on concrete sidewalks – deep-water running with special flotation devices cuts down on spinal compression. Thanks to the buoyancy of water, your perceived body weight in water is potentially up to 90 percent less in water than your actual body weight on land. As such, weight-bearing impact shock is minimized in the pool. Even better, flotation devices, which prevent your feet from touch the pool floor, completely eliminate any joint impact. This unloading of the pressure on the spine is important, since vast numbers of people experience back pain caused by compression of the discs and vertebrae.
Many pregnant women express concern about maintaining their aerobic fitness during pregnancy, but worry about the effects of overheating and high-impact activities on the baby. Aquatic exercise offers a safe alternative. Some studies even indicate that water exercise can reduce pregnancy-related edema in the ankles.
Whether you have a specific condition, or you are just interested in a cross-training plan, there’s no denying that aquatic exercise is cool.
Call Happy Physio on (08) 9272 7359 to try the Aquatic Exercise now!