Regular exercise helps keep joints moving, restores and preserves flexibility and strength, and protects joints against further damage. Exercising in the water provides buoyancy that helps you to relax and exercise your joints. Research has proven that exercising on a regular basis is a confidence booster that enhances your mood and improves your sense of self-esteem and accomplishment.
Why water exercise?
Warm water creates an ideal environment for relieving pain and stiffness caused by arthritis due to the little resistance exercising in water creates on your joints. Reasons why water exercise is ideal are:
· Warm water raises body temperature therefore increasing circulation.
· It’s not necessary to have to go to the gym or have a big pool. It can be done from your home spa.
· Gentle way of exercising your joints and muscles without putting pressure on them.
· Using a spa adds massage therapy into your exercise routine and helps you to relax tight muscles.
Exercise in the Spa
You should work with a specialist to come up with a proper exercise program that suits your needs. Your program will depend on the type of arthritis you have, how it affects you, the severity of your arthritis and the joints affected. Age, occupation and everyday activities also influence your exercise program. Exercise programs will probably include a combination of rest and relaxation, exercise, use of heat and use of cold.
When first entering a spa you should relax your muscles and joints in the warm water before doing any type of exercise routine. Once you feel comfortable and relaxed slowly begin your exercise routine. Be sure to relax your muscles and joints again before getting out of the water.