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  • June 2018
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Being proactive with your health — Is aquatic exercise on your list?

We all know that one of the keys to being proactive with our health is exercise. Recognizing that is the easy part. The hard part is finding a form of exercise that’s right for you. There are many factors to think about when considering exercise; it needs to not only provide a good workout, but also be challenging, fun and convenient. When looking into exercise options, make sure aquatic exercise is on your list.

Waves of health benefits

Aquatic exercise provides many health benefits while being gentle on your joints and body, and is a great way to be proactive toward maintaining your health. Aquatic exercise can help improve muscle strength and balance, elevate your heart rate, increase endurance, provide greater joint flexibility, reduce pain and fatigue and can even help you sleep better. The pool is also a great way for many adults to slow down the loss of muscle that can occur as we age.

In addition, keeping your body in shape through regular aquatic exercise helps you maintain and improve your strength and endurance and build your immunity, essential when you are recovering from something as common as a cold, or a more serious health condition like a stroke or post-surgery recovery.

Nothing to be afraid of

Aquatic exercise is not as intimidating as other forms of exercise. For many — especially older adults — the thought of getting into an exercise routine can be daunting. They are worried about coordination, suffering an injury or just getting their body to do what they want it to do. Aquatic exercise is low impact, which makes people feel safe and comfortable while still being challenged, be it through group classes, independent exercise or one-on-one time with an instructor.

Keeps you social

But perhaps the most unexpected benefit many people see, is that aquatic exercise provides an important connection to other people. Participating in a weekly class gives an opportunity for people to become more connected with others, avoiding loneliness. Many also find that the added energy aquatic exercise brings helps get them out into the community more often and engage in activities they may not have had the confidence to do before!

No matter your reason, starting an aquatic exercise program is one of the smartest things you can do for your health. Research places that have aquatic classes or independent swim times in your area and stop by to check it out, as not all places are the same! Once you’ve found your match, dive on in and have fun! 

Traci Ombrello

Traci Ombrello is the manager of CP’s Aquatic Center located in Green Bay. For more information, please visit www.wearecp.org or call 920-337-1122.

Website: www.wearecp.org
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