For anyone who suffers a bad back, aching knees or overall joint pain, just getting around every day can seem like a challenge. But unfortunately, even though you may have these problems, your doctor will still probably recommend you get some kind of exercise. Pool time to the rescue! (But check with your physician before beginning any fitness program, of course).
Range of motion
Many people, such as senior citizens, have what is known as “decreased range of motion” (this can also happen after injuring a certain part of the body). Basically, it means certain parts aren’t as flexible as they used to be or don’t bend and turn as easily. Exercising in water can help, since it allows you to gently increase your range of motion, bit by bit.
Don’t get out of joint
Pressure on joints is one of the chief causes of pain in those areas. But doing fitness activities in water can take pressure off painful joints, allowing a freedom of movement you may never have enjoyed otherwise.
Exercise at your own pace
Unlike machines that you can’t keep up with (face-plant on a treadmill, anyone?) or lifting weights that seem impossibly heavy, water allows you to work at your own pace. Who cares if everyone else completes a marathon on their stationary bike? You’re gliding by in your own blissful, water-filled world!