Choosing Aquatic Exercise
There is no mistaking the fact that physical activity improves your quality of life. When you work out, it improves your mood and keeps your body healthy. But when most people think of physical exercise they tend to be landlocked. When people think of land-based exercises only, it can cause a mental block that prevents them from exercising at all. This is problematic because some people may have their quality of life drastically improved with aquatic exercise.
Aquatic exercises, such as Poolates, can have extremely beneficial effects on both the body and state-of-mind. Aquatic exercise increases the intensity of each exercise due to the water increasing resistance to movement over 300 times compared to air. However, despite the increased intensity, it is easier on the joints due to the water’s buoyancy. Aquatic exercises are so effective that they have been studied in the treatment of ailments such as Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Cerebral Palsy.
Benefits of Aquatic Exercise
Osteoarthritis – Through multiple trials with 800 participants, aquatic exercises have been proven to be more effective than land-based exercises for knee and hip osteoarthritis. There were six studies conducted with four producing minor, yet positive, results. These studied showed a positive effect on quality of life, an increase in function, and a small percentage with absolute reduction. The studies that yielded no positive results also didn’t yield negative results, rather, they were inconclusive. While these results are small, it is important to note that these are people that would be negatively impacted by land-based exercises.
Fibromyalgia – This test utilizes deep-water running, showing that an aquatic exercise is an option for patients who have problems adapting to land-based-exercises. Fibromyalgia, when it affects the lower limbs, can make land-based exercises unbearable. Aquatic exercises and their relieving effect on joints not only made exercise a viable option again, but was also linked to drastically increasing the patient’s mood positively.
Cerebral Palsy in Children – Young people with cerebral palsy have problems with land-based exercises. When aquatic exercises were studied they were proven to work as a functional form of therapy. The aquatic exercises improved muscle strength, cardiovascular function, and motor skill performance. Once again, the effects of the water also reduced the risks associated with the joints and allowed them to engage in more intense exercises than they would be able to perform on land.
Poolates is one of the most exciting aquatic exercises methods available. By combining the principles of Pilates such as centering, control, and precision and adding the joint-relieving and resistance element of the water, Poolates is a true synergy of land and water based exercise.. If you are a beginner looking into aquatic exercise or an expert looking to add Poolates to their routine, call us today at (920) 535-0504 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.