Water Exercise Can Help Lessen Arthritis Pain
By Stephen R. Farris
Whether you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or other types, it's important to stay as active as possible. Whichever form of arthritis you may have, the best way to help reduce the pain is by exercising daily.
Exercising might be a little intimidating. If you watch television, we're constantly bombarded by commercials that show folks getting in an intense workout, lifting heavy weights, or riding an exercise bike like they're competing in the Tour de France.
Depending on your condition, there may be some exercises that may make your pain worse. Fortunately, there are exercises you can do that will help reduce stress on your joints, improve muscle function, increase your mobility, and boost your mental well-being.
Walking is a great exercise to start with, or you can try low-impact aerobic exercises such as tai chi, or yoga. You can also try using exercises that utilize your body weight. Another exercise you should consider is swimming, or water exercising.
Why Water Exercise?
Choosing water exercise like swimming or water aerobics is beneficial for several reasons, especially if you suffer pain from arthritis. For one, water is buoyant. In other words, water supports your body and provides less impact on your joints. Another reason is that water provides a natural resistance, giving your whole body a total workout without the stress of weights. Last, but not least, a warm pool helps soothe sore joints and muscles.
Swim Some Laps
Swimming laps is a great way to get in a full workout. The best way to start swimming laps is by doing so at a slow pace. Try a couple of laps in the beginning, then work your way up by doing a couple of more after a few days. According to research, if you manage to work your way up to at least an hour in the pool, you will have burned up to 470 calories.
If you enjoy being around other people, then consider joining a water aerobics class. Most indoor water aerobics classes offer aquatic versions of Zumba, yoga, tai chi, and other variations that are normally performed in a gym or park environment.
Whichever variation of water exercise you choose, you'll eventually begin to feel the benefits of less pain, and better mobility. Always remember to check with your primary physician and/or local chiropractor before starting any type of exercise program.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rocklin, Calif.