Make a Splash

Exercising in water is a great way to stay fit.  Research shows that it’s especially good got people with osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain, Mayo Clinic experts report.  It’s also a good choice for those with osteoporosis because it can help improve balance and poses no risk of falling.

Similar to other forms of exercise, some studies suggest that water exercise, such as swimming, can even improve your mood.

Ready to take the plunge?  Consider some options:

  • Water walking involves walking in a pool with your feet touching the pool’s bottom.  For best results, start in chest-deep water.  Add variety and tone other muscles by walking backward and sideways and lifting your knees
  • Swimming is good way to get regular aerobic physical activity.  Before jumping in, warm up properly for three to five minutes.  Then slowly stretch, holding each stretch for 30 seconds
  • Water aerobics classes are offered at most fitness centres with a pool.  Start with a warm-up period and end with a cool-down.

For information on ordering the monthly Mayo Clinic Health Letter, please visit www.StarStore.ca/mayoclinicmiss

 

Sourced from The Mississauga News, August 22-28, 2013

 

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