Aquatic Therapy in Bradenton, Sarasota, & Venice, FL
Find out how exercise in a pool beyond swimming can benefit you. Talk to our experts at Ramos Center today to learn more more aquatic therapy or other therapy programs we have to offer.
Aquatic exercise provides many health benefits. Not only is the water buoyant, but it supports body weight which makes it easier to move. Water exercise is also extremely helpful to those with joint issues, fibromyalgia, and patients going through physical therapy. Water aerobics also provide extra resistance which aids in strengthening muscles, improves agility, balance, and assists with cardiovascular fitness. This is how Exercise in a Pool Beyond Swimming can help you improve your health.
Before you start any new workout program, it’s always a good idea to check with your physical therapist or doctor to make sure it is your best plan of action but when you’re ready, here is some information to get you started!
Here are a few tips to get you pool ready:
- Wearing water shoes provides traction in the pool.
- Bring a styrofoam noodle or vest to stay afloat in deeper water.
- In the water, slower movements provide less resistance.
- Water levels should be waist to chest high.
- Webbed gloves or styrofoam weights will increase resistance.
- If you experience pain, you shouldn’t push your body through it.
When you’re ready to dive in, following, are 5 excellent exercises to consider!
- Walking or jogging: Try walking 10-20 steps forward and backward while increasing and decreasing speed for added intensity.
- Balancing: Stand on one leg while raising the other knee up to hip level. Use a pool noodle under the raised leg for support and hold the position as long as you can.
- Sidesteps: Facing the pool wall, take 10-20 steps sideways to the right and then again to the left. Repeat.
- Arm raises: Grab some arm paddles or webbed gloves and place arms at your sides. Bend your elbows to 90 degrees and raise and lower your elbows and arms up to the water surface. Make sure to keep your elbows at a 90-degree angle! Do 3-10 sets.
- Bicycle: Performed in deep water while using your pool noodle to float, move your legs as if you are riding a bike for approximately 3-5 minutes.
There are several other exercises you can do in the water such as lunges, hip kicks, pool planks, push-ups and more so pick your favorites or stick to those recommended by your physical therapist.
Here at Ramos Center our Pain and Balance Physical Therapy program is focused on providing patient-centered treatment with the highest quality of care and our goal is to get you back to optimal functionality. We understand that no two bodies or injuries are alike, so our hands-on care is personalized to fit your individual needs. We offer various effective therapy methods while keeping you motivated to achieve your therapy goals- even if that means getting you in the water for some aquatic exercises! If you are ready to get back on your feet, reach out to us today!