Arthritis is a leading cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia with 3.85 million affected. As the population ages this number will grow to 7 million by 2050, according to Arthritis Australia. With many people suffering from some form of arthritis, there is the need for pain relief while also being able to exercise. Pools and spas are actually a great way to reduce arthritis pain and provide those who have a limited range of motion, or who can’t participate in weight bearing exercises, the ability to stay fit. Let’s look at some ways pools can provide the perfect means of exercise for those suffering from arthritis or joint pain.
1. Water Walking: While walking on a hard surface may cause pain, water provides buoyancy and reduces impact on the joints. In addition, water provides resistance so you burn more calories walking across the bottom of the pool in water as opposed to on land.
2. Water Aerobics: Arthritis sufferers often have a limited range of motion. Since water provides buoyancy, it also provides an increased range of motion that may not be possible on land. Water aerobics not only provides cardiovascular benefits, but also allows for more range of motion and muscle toning.
3. Swimming: Swimming is considered one of the best cardiovascular activities and is a great way to stay fit if you’re suffering from joint pain. You don’t have to have a large pool to swim laps. Leisure Pools offers pool designs that are ideal for end to end swimming with unobstructed swim corridors, or, if you have small backyard space, Leisure Pools offers plunge pools that can be outfitted with a swim jet system for exercise.
4. Spas: Spas provide the massaging benefits of warm water. Warm water has been proven to help soothe joint paint as well as muscle pain. Leisure Pools offers the Sorrento Spa and Capri Spa along with pool and spa combinations like the Allure and the Opulence.
If you suffer from joint or arthritis pain, you can still stay fit with the help of a pool. Contact Leisure Pools today (www.leisurepools.com.au) and Get Swimming in Quality and Style.