It’s no surprise that there are many forms of exercise that don’t work for everyone. But aquatic workouts are actually able to work for many of us for whom traditional workouts won’t. When you have a backyard swimming pool, you increase the accessibility of this kind of workout while also decreasing the obstacles to it. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the types of people who can particularly benefit from an aquatic workout, even if more traditional forms of exercise are markedly out of reach – and be forewarned: some of these exercises might surprise you!
People with Chronic Illnesses or Physical Disabilities
From arthritis and osteoporosis to fibromyalgia and asthma, many people find traditional, land-based exercise regimens painful or even impossible. However, for many of these individuals, an aquatic workout can be beneficial. Also referred to as hydrotherapy, water-based exercise can have the effect of improving mobility and decreasing pain.
This category includes those of all ages, from children with developmental disabilities to senior citizens. The gentle mode of movement in water often allows for skill development and relational connections as well as fluidity of movement, allowing for muscular development and maintenance.
People Who Don’t Know How To Swim
This is one that many people don’t think about, but aquatic workouts can certainly include activities other than actually swimming! While swimming is certainly a great option for a full-body workout, it’s definitely not the only one. In fact, even for those who are proficient swimmers, adding more diversified exercises such as those linked here can make time in the water even more beneficial. This 30-minute, whole-body workout is another option that can work for non-swimmers as well.
People Without Much Extra Time
Perhaps the most common impediment to regular workouts is a lack of time. And we get it. That half-hour workout ends up easily costing an hour or more when you have to include grabbing your gear and driving to the gym and showering afterward. However, when you have a backyard swimming pool, you can considerably decrease the time commitment of an aquatic workout.
Because water is heavier than air, water workouts can actually allow you to maximize your time, providing even more benefits than you could achieve by exercising on land for the same amount of time. According to some studies, water offers 12 times the resistance of air, allowing for an exponential amount of calories burned. That same equation offers engagement of more muscle fibers, further helping you to maximize even a minimal amount of workout time.
In our next post, we’ll look at a couple more categories of people that can benefit, and then we’ll dive into a few how-to tips to help you get started making the most of your backyard swimming pool to improve your overall health.
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