Water exercise

By RosalieM Latest Reply 2015-01-13 00:48:19 -0600
Started 2015-01-12 09:51:24 -0600

I swim laps twice a week at YMCA, when there today I learned something from those who do water aerobics. A doctor told this lady who had back problems that she should only do water exercise in water up to her neck. Not lower. It is worse for your back even walking in water say, around the waist. The gravity of the water pounds your spine down. In water up to the neck, you float and the
weight is less.

14 replies

lilleyheidi 2015-01-13 00:48:19 -0600 Report

I go for my pool / gym tour today at 1, and start there tomorrow. I've taken physical therapy at this pool with a licensed physical therapist, and all the exercises they have had me do were in chest deep water including walking. Water up to my armpits, not to my neck. I'll stick with the exercises that were designed for me by a physical therapist, as well as doing some laps, although I'm not a great swimmer, I'll go slow and do what I can. I'm very much looking forward to this. Heidi

GabbyPA 2015-01-12 13:24:59 -0600 Report

That is a good thing to know. Now I know I will do the deep end in the aerobics class instead of the shallow.

RosalieM 2015-01-12 13:42:18 -0600 Report

I am half fish, I like the water so much, but I didn't know about the shallow water thing until today. I swim and don't walk in the water or I might have experienced the result.

GabbyPA 2015-01-12 14:01:02 -0600 Report

I usually swim laps as well, it gets my heart going and I always feel better after. I have done a couple of water aerobic classes, but always did them in chest high water.

RosalieM 2015-01-12 14:04:53 -0600 Report

It is amazing what lap swimming does to the back.
Keeps the muscles strong so they can support the spine. Many back problems come from weak back muscles.

RebDee 2015-01-12 12:29:11 -0600 Report

I love water aorobics. I go twice a week (Mondays and Fridays) plus water zoomba on Wednesdays. It is easy, fun, and I feel refreshed.

Kats49 2015-01-12 12:05:55 -0600 Report

Exactly, if you get to a pool that has 86 degree water it is even better for you.I am fortunate enough to have access to that in my area. It is a pool for arthritis. I get free access tor to a program called Silver sneakers. I get up to four hours of pain relief from my crushed discs. win win

BreC 2015-01-12 10:05:32 -0600 Report

That would be ok but for some like me who can't swim. I panic when I get in a pool deeper than my waist.

Kats49 2015-01-12 12:07:48 -0600 Report

At our Beck Center it is a public rec center, there are classes for people like you.You can do all you want in the shallow end, helps relieve stress. They have arthritis classes.

RosalieM 2015-01-12 10:40:31 -0600 Report

Why not take swimming lessons the fear will go away. Did you know that it is very easy to float on your back. Easier than learning to swim. Just learning to float may take the fear away.

BreC 2015-01-12 12:30:49 -0600 Report

We don't have a Y here and don't know if the gym has a pool. I actually never go to the pool so I guess I will just never learn to swim.

RosalieM 2015-01-12 13:46:16 -0600 Report

You can start anytime if the gym has a pool. You can hold on to the side of the pool and kick your feet and things like that. For people with a disability, the
water is a godsend because they can do it.

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