Your private pool gym offers so much potential in the way of health benefits! While any pool can give you the same kind of workout, your own backyard oasis offers unique opportunities for private, convenient aquatic workouts with the added bonus of delighting in the serene ambiance you’ve worked so hard to create in your outdoor space. In Part 1, we looked at the general benefits of aquatic workouts as well as some sample workout options. This time, we’ll take a look at some more targeted health issues and the related advantages unique to aquatic workouts.
Aquatic Workouts as Preventive Health
While aquatic workouts can be especially effective for those with some specific health concerns, it is also part of a wellness routine that will positively impact anyone’s overall health. Swimming and other aquatic activities naturally reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Like other aerobic activities, water aerobics and swimming are also known to strengthen overall cardiovascular health, improve sleep quality, and body composition. Consistent aquatic exercise can also decrease cholesterol as well as blood pressure and improve sensitivity to insulin.
Aquatic Workouts and Chronic Illnesses
While a personal pool gym can positively impact your health, regardless of your health status, it can be particularly impactful if you suffer from a chronic illness. By spending only 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week doing aerobic activity, you can reduce risk of chronic illness or symptoms associated with an existing chronic illness. For those with arthritis, aquatic workouts can improve functionality of joints without exacerbating symptoms; those with rheumatoid arthritis, in particular, typically experience greater health benefits from hydrotherapy than other forms of physical therapy. Because aquatic activities improve mobility of affected joints, it can also reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis.
For those who are pregnant or have various struggles, water-based exercises are often easier to perform, while yielding great results. This includes both asthma and physical limitations resulting from fibromyalgia, joint injuries, and multiple sclerosis. Children with developmental disabilities can also find pools to offer a welcoming atmosphere that allows for developing skills and bonding with family members. Senior citizens can maintain fluidity of limbs by routinely but gently moving with support of buoyancy.
Making Aquatic Workouts Work for You
As with any healthy habit, simply having a pool gym available is not a guarantee that you will actually utilize it. Having a regular fitness regimen will require planning and discipline. You can set yourself up for success by scheduling your workout sessions on your calendar and considering these appointments as binding as your other appointments: of course, you can cancel if an emergency comes up, but otherwise, keep that appointment!
One way to keep yourself accountable to keep your scheduled workout sessions is to have a fitness partner. Even if you don’t plan to work out together, you can keep one another accountable by sharing your exercise plans and fitness goals and asking each other about follow-through. You can also give yourself a reward if you keep your commitments — just make sure the reward is not something that doesn’t promote good health (i.e. a candy bar).
Continue reading with Part 3.
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