What is Arthritis?
Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joints. This health condition causes discomfort and limits mobility. Arthritis comes in a variety of forms, the most common being osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Although arthritis is most common in adults over 65 years old, it can develop in young adults, teens and even children. Being overweight also increases your chances of developing arthritis.
How Does Swimming Help with Arthritis?
As mentioned above, the discomfort and pain associated with arthritis limit the forms of physical exercise that many with this condition can do. Despite this discomfort, physical exercise is still essential as it helps to maintain the body’s overall health and prevent weight gain, which can further increase the negative aspects of arthritis.
The following are some of the reasons why swimming is the perfect form of physical exercise for those suffering from arthritis.
Reduces Impact on Joints:
Low-impact exercises reduce the stress being placed on arthritic joints. This prevents increased inflammation while working the surrounding muscles. Due to water higher buoyancy, the weight of your body is supported, which means less pressure on your joints.
Allows You to Control Temperature:
Heat helps to relax your joints and muscles, as well as relieves pain. The temperature of pools can be adjusted to achieve higher temperatures. Hot tubs are also great examples of water environments for those with arthritis.
Encourages Slower Movements:
The key to exercising with arthritis is to ease into it. Individuals should warm-up with gentle movements and slowly move into strengthening and aerobic exercises. Since water provides a denser training environment than air, it helps to slow down our movements and forces us to focus on control.
At B&C Aquatics, we truly believe swimming is an awesome tool for improving the lives of those suffering from arthritis. If you’re living with arthritis and looking for an effective means to stay fit and reduce the negative symptoms of this condition, check out our Arthritis Swimming program!