Health Benefits of Water-Based Exercise

July 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

Swimming is the second most popular sports activity in the United States and a good way to get regular aerobic physical activity. Just two and a half hours per week of aerobic physical activity, such as swimming, bicycling or running can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses. It can also lead to improved health for people with diabetes and heart disease.

In older adults, swimming can improve the quality of life, decrease disability, and in post-menopausal women, improve or maintain bone health.

Other Benefits of Water-Based Exercise

Exercising in water offers many physical and mental health benefits and is a good choice for people who want to be more active. For people with arthritis, it improves use of affected joints without worsening symptoms. People with rheumatoid arthritis have more health improvements after participating in hydrotherapy than with other activities. Water-based exercise also improves the use of affected joints and decreases pain from osteoarthritis.

Swimming also can improve mood in both men and women.

  • For people with fibromyalgia, it can decrease anxiety and exercise therapy in warm water can decrease depression and improve mood.
  • Water-based exercise can improve the health of mothers and their unborn children and has a positive effect on the mothers’ mental health.
  • Parents of children with developmental disabilities find that recreational activities, such as swimming, improve family connections.

When in the water, remember to protect yourself and others from illness and injury by practicing healthy and safe swimming behaviors.

 Source: CDC

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