Do you have mobility challenges? Time to try water based exercises
If you have mobility issues, the guideline recommending regular exercise may seem counterintuitive. After all, if you’re having difficulty moving, why risk it and hurt yourself further? However, exercise is essential for improving health regardless of condition and functional capacity.
The great thing about exercising in water is the fact that it accommodates people with a wide range of mobility, including those with difficulty in movement. These can include people with functional capacity and mobility challenges.
Water-based training is highly recommended for people who may otherwise not engage in exercise due to lack of mobility. The reasons include the fact that water provides a supportive environment for exercise. Buoyancy helps greatly reduce the impact of activity on your joints and allows you to move easily. This property also helps you be more stable and balanced, allowing you to perform exercises with more confidence.
Buoyancy also makes you feel lighter which allows you to move with lower impact compared to land-based training – a boon for individuals rehabbing from injuries or having musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Water workouts can improve your range of motion, a benefit that’s especially beneficial for people with Parkinson’s disease or individuals recovering from a stroke. Exercising in the pool can help with temperature regulation, a benefit that suits people with fibromyalgia or those recovering after surgery.
You don’t have to miss out on the benefits of regular physical activity because of your mobility issues. Give hydrotherapy and aquatic exercises and feel free to talk to our friendly exercise experts over at Healthstin in Melton. Call 1300 090 931 or click this link to reach out to us.