Balance issues keeping you from training in the gym? Explore aquatic workouts!
Exercise and balance have an interesting and interdependent relationship. Exercise is vital to maintaining one’s balance. On the other hand, balance issues can become a barrier to training. Studies have shown that the fear of falling and losing one’s balance are significant impediments to engaging in regular physical activity.
Understandably, this concern becomes more pronounced among older adults as normal function often declines with age. If you have balance issues but want to exercise to build strength and endurance and improve your coordination and balance, then aquatic workouts may be the way to go.
Firstly, buoyancy can help you be better balanced when exercising. Secondly, there’s minimal risk of injury should you lose your balance unlike when exercising on land. Thirdly, exercising in a water setting allows you to move through a greater range of motion while being less stressful to your joints and muscles. Fourth and not the least, exercising in a pool can be so much fun, refreshing, and invigorating.
Working out in the pool, you can do balance exercises such as standing hip flexion, abduction and extensions, marching, or treading, without fear of injuring yourself when you lose your balance. Your Healthstin Exercise Physiologists (EP) will be happy to show you more water exercises to help you gain better balance, build strength, and enhance aerobic fitness. Best of all, they’re just a call away via 1300 090 931. Click this link to explore getting into aquatic exercises.