If you have a backyard swimming pool, you’ve already taken a huge step closer to improved health! But you still have to get in the water and make it work for you. If you read Part 1 of this series, perhaps you were surprised at all the types of people for whom aquatic workouts are a win! Those with disabilities or chronic illnesses, people who don’t know how to swim, and individuals without much extra time can all benefit from aquatic workouts.
This time, we’ll look at another group of people whose lives can be enhanced by hydrotherapy. After that, we’ll consider ways that you can become the kind of person enjoying the many benefits of water-based workouts.
People with Mental Health Struggles
To a degree, physical and mental health go hand in hand; an aquatic workout helps you address your health in a holistic way. Not only can a water workout build muscle while burning calories and relieving stress on joints and improving your flexibility and cardiovascular health, but it also offers a refreshing atmosphere that’s been proven to naturally boost your mood.
From daily stress to clinical anxiety and depression, exercise and water offer a powerful tonic that lacks the concerning side effects of many treatments for these struggles. Add in the benefit of a better night’s sleep, and you have a definite recipe for improved mental and overall health.
People Who Plan for Success
Having “SMART” goals is key to succeeding in many areas of life, and workouts are no exception. The acronym stands for the following aspects of a helpful goal: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. The CDC offers a time-bound goal of 2.5 hours of aerobic physical activity per week, in order to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses.
In order to make your fitness goals reality, it’s best to schedule workout appointments into your week. If you know that you’ll struggle to keep your goals without accountability, ask someone to be your fitness partner. Even if you can’t work out together, you can help keep one another on track by asking about whether you’ve met your fitness goals for the week. It’s also A-okay to give yourself a reward when you have met your goals. As you become more adept at your current workout, you can add leg weights, dumbbells, and other water workout accessories to increase the intensity – and results – of your time in the water.
No matter what your current health status is, you can improve it with regular aquatic workouts. As a result, many areas will be affected positively – your joints, your heart and lungs, and your BMI. You’ll also be likely to experience lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol levels. Your mental health will also be likely to improve.
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