Tuesday, July 10

Water Exercise & Running: Surprising Benefits

by Frank Klene, PT, DPT, CSCS
Exercising in water has several benefits that help improve function, fitness, balance, flexibility and strength.   
The buoyancy of water decreases stress on joints and allows a person to move easier without pain. This is a great option for several types of patients, ranging from athletes recovering from surgery to patients with degenerative joints.   
A study published in the May 2012 JOSPT provides new information on the specific effects of how water can decrease stresses on the body. The study looked at how running at varied depths of water decreased loads on the body. 
Results showed that running at hip level decreases nearly 40 percent of normal forces applied to the body, and running at chest level decreases the forces by 50 percent. 
So if you're in pain and are unable to do exercises on land, head to the pool and get your hair a little wet! It’s a great alternative and can help you achieve your fitness goals.

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