Relief with Water Aerobics

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 26, 2013

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Water aerobics can help people find relief from pain caused by this degenerative, osteoarthritis by helping movement of the joints and improving blood circulation.

Relief with Water AerobicsWater offers greater resistance when compared to exercising in air; in addition, the buoyancy of water is useful in not causing injury to and maintaining low impact. Here are a few tips for those who want to give water aerobics a shot and leave behind the memories of arthritis pain:

  • Exercising should commence with a warm up session in a pool where the water temperature is maintained at a comfortable level - about 20 degrees C +/-3 degrees.
  • Begin by sitting at the edge of the pool, putting the feet into the water and rotating the ankles clockwise and then anticlockwise slowly. This should be followed by entering the shallow end of the pool and walking in the water, followed by stretching exercises, such as bending the knees, arms and elbows and then straightening them.
  • Warm up exercises should be continued for at least ten minutes before attempting the aerobic session. People who can swim should move to the deeper end of the pool and swim as long as comfortable. Swimming is acknowledged to be a healthy form of aerobic exercise for arthritic patients and for healthy persons as well. Warm water exercises are recommended for pre-natal women. The buoyancy of water helps in exercising, takes care of the baby’s weight and the mother gets relief from low back pain.

Apart from finding relief from excruciating pain, water aerobic exercises also help in weight reduction. Excess weight puts greater weight on the hips, the knees and the ankles, which increases the pain every time a step is taken. There are cited examples of wheelchair bound elderly obese women who have benefited from taking up aerobic exercises in water to lose weight and resume walking – they have ended up putting their wheelchairs and walkers away.
Aerobic exercises are strenuous hence it is essential to consult a health care advisor before commencing with a regime. Conditions such as high blood pressure, vertigo and asthma should be ruled out before performing aerobic exercises.



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