As we dive into summer, we can fully enjoy the benefits of swimming. Not only is it refreshing, but it is also a great workout. Swimming puts little to no stress on the back, is good for all age groups, and is a low impact exercise that is ideal for those that don’t do well with high impact sports. Even if you aren’t big on swimming, there are plenty of exercises you can do in the pool that are just as effective as taking a long swim, like water aerobics. Here are some of the benefit of exercising in the water:
Water Is A Stress Reliever
Think about relaxing in a big pool of water — there’s just something therapeutic about it! Water alters the tension that gravity puts on your body, which can be beneficial for those with joint issues or arthritis. Water helps the body relax and we’ve long recommended water exercises to our patients that suffer from back issues, as the impact is less than what movement on the ground can have on your spine.
Low Impact Exercise
Low impact exercises cause less stress on the body. When on land, low impact exercises include having one foot on the ground. When in water, all forms of exercise become low impact and are much easier on the joints. Water provides natural resistance, which strengthens muscles without the strain of lifting weights. We suggest water aerobics classes for those that are looking to build strength but suffer from joint and back pain.
Swimming Leads to Increased Physical Endurance
Research shows that one of the best workouts a person can do is swimming. There are many reasons as to why this is, including the strengthening of physical endurance. Weightlifting might not be a part of exercising in the water, but exercising in the water provides a great deal of resistance on its own. That resistance allows muscles to build! Many chiropractors (ourselves included) suggest water therapy to help relieve back pain, correct posture, and build back muscles.
If you would like to learn more about how aquatic exercise can benefit you, just ask during your next appointment. Click here to contact us…we will be more than happy to share information on the best way to work out in the water!