We all know someone who has trouble working out in the gym. Whether it’s someone with a bad back or your own father with a knee injury, it can be very frustrating when your injuries keep you from reaching your fitness goals. Working at the Y, I have made contact with many members who feel they are unable to meet their wellness goals because of their physical limitations. My answer? Work out in water!
Normally, when I suggest this solution to our members they look at me funny, and they begin to question the big difference between exercising on land or in water. Water provides a great atmosphere to nurse an injured body back to health for one simple reason: The buoyancy of water reduces the “weight” of a person by about 90%, which means that the stress on weight-baring joints, bones, and muscles is reduced, causing less pain while still getting a great workout. Another great point that I mention to our members is that it is a great way to meet and socialize with people who may have the same injuries or limitations as you do.
So the next time that you come in contact with someone who can’t get to the gym because of an injury, tell them about aquatic fitness and its many benefits. Feel free to check out the aqua fitness classes that the Y has to offer. See you in the pool!