Are water workouts ideal for older adults and people living with a disability?
Exercise is universally accepted as beneficial for everyone regardless of age, health condition, or functional capacity. However, there are barriers to physical activity that can dissuade segments of the population from pursuing regular exercise. For older adults as well as people living with a disability, one of the barriers they have in common is the fear of incurring injuries, especially if they already have chronic pain or complex conditions.
This is an area where water-based exercises can provide advantages over land-based training. Buoyancy allows you to exercise without too much stress on your body and strain on your joints, both of which are special considerations if you have arthritis or functional limitations.
Training in water also lets you achieve better balance and coordination, giving you the freedom to exercise without the fear of falling, an important criterion for exercise selection among older adults. Besides this, the watery setting can be soothing and revitalising if you have chronic pain.
If you’ve always been interested in exploring water-based training but don’t know where and how to begin, give our Health Experts a call via 1300 090 931 or click this link. You can also visit our Healthstin Allied Health Clinic in Sans Souci to get started on aquatic-training.