Water exercise

Water exercise

Exercise in water, such as swimming, running (may be with weight belts) and water aerobics.

Uses:
• maintenance of cardiovascular fitness by athletes
• exercise with decreased weight on joints  can perform strengthening
• co-ordination exercises
• increase in muscle strength and joint flexibility
• increase in proprioceptive input
• safety
• humidity  good environment for exercise in those with exercise induced asthma

Contraindications – wounds, infection and bleeding; incontinence; confusion; fear of water

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