With summer officially here and the sun radiating, it’s time to add water exercises to your list of fitness activities. This is especially true if you’re one of the 50 million Americans affected by one of the many forms of this disease. If this is the first time you’ve heard about this, read on to find out how aquatic exercise can be very beneficial for you.
Reduced Stress on Joints
Buoyancy, or the upward force in fluids which opposes the weight of an immersed object, is the main reason why water doesn’t exert much stress on your joints. In fact, a 200-pound individual will only weigh 16-20 pounds in fresh water. Considering that each pound exerts 4-5 pounds of force on your knees alone, your body won’t feel the pressure at all. As a result, your exercises will be easier and less painful to perform. This is truly a blessing for those who have been crippled by pain and are facing limited function and mobility on dry land.
Proprioception is defined in MedicineNet as the “ability to sense stimuli within the body regarding position, motion and equilibrium”. In layman terms, it means being more aware of where your legs are in space and time. When submerged in water, your limbs will become more aware of their position due to the pressure of the water. This is beneficial for patients whose chronic arthritic conditions have affected their postural awareness.
Swelling is one of the side effects of most forms of arthritis, but you can keep it in its place through aquatic exercises. Water flaunts the power of hydrostatic pressure; the deeper your limb is submerged in water, the greater the force placed on it. As a result, individuals submerged in water experience a comfortable and easily tolerable compression. It is this pressure that reduces joint and soft-tissue edema, ensuring that you lead a healthier life.
Combined, water’s resistance and buoyancy will strengthen your body’s muscles without forcing you through the pain of joint stress you usually experience while exercising on land. As a result, you won’t even need to exercise with weights and further put your body at the risk of aching and breaking.
At Primary Health Sports, our experts understand the benefits that water exercises offer. This is why we have come up with a new product that can ensure your comfort further as you perform them: Silicone Swim Cap. Designed to protect your hair from the water, chemicals and salt, the 100% high quality silicone cap will also protect your ears from the water while allowing you to swim swiftly and smoothly.
Once out of the water, you can don our Copper Compression Knee Sleeve and Copper Compression Elbow Sleeve to support your joints and quicken the healing process. Rest assured that you’ll feel better after a few hours in these as they boost circulation as well.