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Benefits of Water Exercise


You read about it, you hear about it on the news or it is a topic on just about any TV or radio talk show; we need to be active to be healthy. We have our excuses as to why we are not making our bodies move but in all reality, time spent exercising is an investment for overall good health. Being fit decreases the chances of illness, depression and injury. (www.50plus.org
Exercising on a regular basis can help promote independence and the general well-being for people of any age. With that being said, many exercise programs are designed as “one plan or one style fits all.” For people who need less impact because of injury, arthritis or other limitations, water exercise can be the perfect fitness program to keep them active.
Regardless, people of any level of conditioning, including a seasoned athlete, a senior citizen, someone who is pregnant, or a rehabilitation patient, all can benefit greatly by adding water exercise to their fitness program. The unique properties of water buoyancy and inertia are a beneficial, safe and a fun alternative to land exercises and can easily be adapted to most people’s needs and abilities. (www.livestrong.com)
Some of the benefits from water exercise can include: less impact on joints, increased strength, muscle tone, flexibility and range of motion. Participants will also notice an improvement in their cardio and muscular endurance, balance and coordination, improved blood pressure and total cholesterol. Many people also see an increase in core strength and a reduction of stored body fat. Runners may also make improvement in their running time after a few sessions of pool training. (www.rehabhospital.com)
According to the Arthritis Foundation, participating in a water exercise program may reduce the pain and stiffness for people who suffer from arthritis, Fibromyalgia or other autoimmune diseases. Classes also decrease the feelings of depression and isolation because participants often become friends and look forward to the socialization aspect of their weekly workouts.  (www.arthritis.org)
As with any exercise program, it is a good idea to get approval from your physician first, then grab your swimsuit and take the plunge. The Aquadome Recreation Center offers Water Aerobic Classes each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 AM and on Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 AM. A Water Walking class is taught on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 AM. Lap swimming is also available though the Aquadome Healthy Lifestyle swim program. For more information, call 341-4950 or refer to our website, www.decaturparks.com. Email Rochelle Darnell at rdarnell@decatur-al.gov
Rochelle Darnell
Aquadome Recreation Center

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