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Graeme Kerby

May 06, 2020 08:15 PM

Just Completed a Medical Exercise Program? Here’s How to Stay Fit

Anyone who has been through a Medically Supervised Exercise Program will likely tell you that they achieved great success while they were in the program. Physical Therapy and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation are two common examples of these programs. Patients are ofter referred to them after sustaining a serious injury, undergoing surgery or addressing a chronic condition where their functional capacity is severely diminished. The most common issue with these programs is patient compliance with home exercise and continuation of exercise plans once program is completed.

 

As a health practitioner, it’s extremely frustrating to see your patient’s make large improvements in their health and then see their gains erased due to lack of compliance with their continuing exercise plans. This ofter happens because people need reinforcement to encourage them to continue. Often people benefit greatly from the community and social aspect of Physical Therapy and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. An easy solution to ensure continued success after completion of either of these programs is to encourage patients to join a group fitness class comprised of individuals who have gone through similar experiences. Some local hospitals and community centers offer programs that are specifically designed for people with these types of health issues. Health practitioners should be aware of these programs and encourage their patients to join them several weeks before their treatment has concluded to ensure a smooth transition to exercising on their own.

 

For more tech savvy patients, health practitioners should encourage continuing exercise plans through apps and web-based programs that have robust social communities. Strava is an example of a running and cycling based app that has an excellent social sharing platform. Recreational athletes have the ability to follow, challenge and encourage one another which directly leads to increased compliance. Ability Fix is another great example of an application that encourages social interaction and sharing for aquatic exercisers. They also offer a robust video library where you can learn aquatic exercises specifically tailored to each users ability and fitness level. Modern day health practitioners have a responsibility to leverage these types of technologies to encourage their patients to continue with their exercise programs.

 

If you're a patient in a Medical Exercise Program be sure that you inquire about local recourses prior to ending treatment. Also don’t be afraid to ask about apps, websites and other technology based solutions that encourage a variety of exercises. Remember, you worked hard to achieve all of your health improvements and you need to leverage every resource you can to keep them.

 

About Ability Fix

Regardless of your current physical ability level, Ability Fix offers customized water aerobics classes to help you reach your goals. The award-winning app is the ultimate companion for your water aerobics regimen and guides you through a series of aquatic exercises to help improve your balance, strength, flexibility, and cardio. Whether you’re seeking a low-impact way to help improve your mobility or need a high-intensity cardio burn, Ability Fix is for you. The app works with a variety of devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones, and smart TVs. Optional waterproof Bluetooth headphones allow you to listen to instructions for the exercises. With 50 water aerobics exercises and three Ai Chi routines launching at the start of 2020, Ability Fix is ready to help you create the ideal water aerobics routine for your needs. 

 

For more information about Ability Fix, visit www.abilityfix.com

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Starr Nixdorf

Feb 15, 2020 10:45 PM

Water Aerobics Is Suitable For All Levels Of Fitness

We‘re all built differently, and all have different needs. As such, our exercise regimens should be built to accommodate our current fitness levels and range of motion, as well as support our overall goals. Although you have many choices in the fitness world, water aerobics exercises are among the most forgiving on the joints while still being effective. Plus, if you have access to a pool, you dont need much else to get an effective workout that helps you improve your mobility, enhance your flexibility, build strength, and burn calories. 

 

Whats your fitness goal, and what level of mobility are you’re at? Lets take a closer look, so you pick the right workouts before you dive in.  

 

Levels 1 and 2

If exercising on dry land is difficult due to joint, balance, or mobility issues, try water exercise at the lower levels. Water provides buoyancy, which can help take the load off of your joints. In addition, the drag of the water has enough resistance to help you build your confidence, range of motion, and strength in a low-impact environment. Along with improving your physical abilities, your confidence and independence will grow too. Whether you try water exercise as a part of your physical therapy routine or just want to reduce stiffness in your joints, this is where to start. Often, at this level, motion is lotion.

 

Levels 3 and 4

Moving to the next levels, if youre committed to living an active lifestyle as you get older, these levels of water aerobics can help you achieve your goals while being gentle on your body. As we age, exercise is crucial to helping us feel our best both physically and mentally, but high-impact exercises can be difficult. Water aerobics will give you a challenging workout without the discomfort of impact. So, if movement isn’t a problem for you, but you feel achy after a hike or working in your garden, water aerobics could be your new favorite exercise method to help you retain the ability to do all the activities in your daily life.

 

Level 5

The beauty of water aerobics is that its one of the most adaptable exercise methods. Whether or not you have mobility limitations or are a high-performance athlete, theres a routine for everyone. At level 5, youre in better than average shape, without any long term injuries or physical limitations, and are capable of handling high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Although, to the casual viewer, water aerobics might not seem like an intense workout, once you jump in the pool and start working through the routine, youll see why its a go-to for many high-performance individuals.

 

Final Considerations 

Whether you need help getting your movement back or want to supplement your intense workout regimen with something new, water aerobics is for you. Its easy to get started: all you need is a pool and an award-winning training program matched to your skill level.

 

About Ability Fix

Regardless of your current physical ability level, Ability Fix offers customized water aerobics classes to help you reach your goals. The award-winning app is the ultimate companion for your water aerobics regimen and guides you through a series of aquatic exercises to help improve your balance, strength, flexibility, and cardio. Whether youre seeking a low-impact way to help improve your mobility or need a high-intensity cardio burn, Ability Fix is for you. The app works with a variety of devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones, and smart TVs. Optional waterproof Bluetooth headphones allow you to listen to instructions for the exercises. With 50 water aerobics exercises and three Ai Chi routines launching at the start of 2020, Ability Fix is ready to help you create the ideal water aerobics routine for your needs. 

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Starr Nixdorf

Feb 24, 2020 10:08 AM

How Water Exercise Can Offer Drug-Free Pain Relief | Ability Fix

Would you be surprised to learn that, for some, water exercise may help serve as an effective, natural drug free pain reliever? For people looking for a more holistic approach to pain relief, water aerobics exercises can be an excellent way to deal with mobility challenges and may help reduce pain, among other benefits. 

 

If you’ve ever been injured or dealt with chronic pain, the low-impact nature of water-based exercising can help you relax, feel less discomfort, and improve your fitness. Here are a few detailed benefits of aquatic exercise for pain relief and how you might benefit from water aerobics (aquatic workouts). 

 

Water Alleviates Gravitational Pressure 

Gravity can be a real drag sometimes—mainly because it’s constantly exerting force against your body. When the body is submerged in water, however, you may alleviate gravitational pressure by up to 90%. When you decrease weighat-bearing by that much, it can help to release tension throughout the body. 

 

With less tension, inflammation may decrease and the joints may also be given a chance to replenish synovial fluid, simply by moving. People are often able to retrain their muscles, may improve joint mobility, and can experience a greater range of motion. The buoyancy of water is a refreshing break from the constant force of gravity. 

 

Hydrostatic Pressure May Be Beneficial 

Hydrostatic pressure is due to the force of gravity exerted on the immersed body by fluid molecules. Hydrostatic pressure is directly proportional to depth measured from the surface. If you’ve ever gone scuba diving, you’ve probably noticed that the deeper you go, the more pressure you feel in the ears, for example. That is hydrostatic pressure in a nutshell. 

 

In terms of aquatic exercise, being underwater up to your chest should feel slightly compressing, which may be good for improving circulation and heart and lung function. Hydrostatic pressure also may help reduce sensory stimulation associated with pain to offer more relief. The pool may also be a place to feel safer, which reduces the perception of danger to your nervous system.

 

Release of Endorphins 

Endorphins are nature’s way of helping your body relax and feel less stress. People who regularly exercise often get a positive mood boost. It’s not only runners who get to experience the phenomenon known as “runner’s high.” The rejuvenating nature of water combines both physical and psychological benefits in part because endorphins make you feel happier and calmer. 

 

Just like any form of exercise, aquatic workouts can be as hard or as easy as you make them. If you want to improve your range of motion, strength, and help reduce pain all while getting a great cardio workout, use the water to your advantage. Land-based activities aren’t the only way to get in shape! 

 

About Ability Fix

For when you want the benefit of water aerobics classes on your own schedule, Ability Fix is an award-winning mobile app that provides an accessible way to get fit regardless of your current physical ability level. Using any body of water, participants are guided through easy-to-understand aquatic exercises that may incrementally improve balance, flexibility, strength, and cardio with less pain. App users can customize their own routine or select a predefined workout with any device, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, smart TVs, and Bluetooth headphones. The Ability Fix aquatics fitness app officially launched at the beginning of 2020 with 50 exercises and three Ai Chi routines. The forgiving water environment is fun, effective, and you can make your aquatic exercise routine as challenging as you’d like. 

 

Learn more about Ability Fix at www.abilityfix.com

 

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Starr Nixdorf

Feb 24, 2020 10:09 AM

Our Developers Won The Best Aquatic Fitness App Developer Award!

We’re excited to announce winning the Global Health & Fitness Award (GHP): Best Aquatic Fitness App Developers 2019 Award! 

Global Health and Pharma (GHP), is an international information platform & multi-disciplinary health network.  

GHP acknowledged, 

“Unique to the market, Ability Fix is one of the first specifically aquatic fitness apps, making it an ideal solution for anyone working on improving their fitness in the water.” 

GHP also noticed the app’s usefulness for healthcare professionals and caregivers; 

“Whilst the app will have a diverse following once launched and can be used in a number of applications, it is particularly beneficial for medical professionals, or caregivers, as it allows them to create an exercise routine specifically tailored to their client and then share it with them.  All the exercises are created as an individual file and can be played in any order, much like a music playlist.  This makes it possible for Physical Therapists to easily recommend a post-treatment exercise regimen.  It is also easy enough that an adult child could help an ailing parent get the exercise they need.”

Ability Fix is set to launch at the beginning of 2020!  We’re launching the app with 50 exercises and three Ai Chi routines.  Users can enjoy the benefits of aquatic fitness in any body of water using speakers, or Bluetooth headphones.  

Our water exercise app works with any device, including laptops, tablets, cell phones, Smart TVs, casting, and Bluetooth devices.  All exercises are categorized for your ability level and are designed to accommodate all types of impairments if you have any.  You can select from predefined workouts or customize your own routine based on a variety of criteria.  Then, go into a pool and listen to the entire workout through speakers or waterproof Bluetooth headphones, just as if you were being taught live by a professional aquatic instructor. 

We're extremely honored to have been recognized by GHP in this way.  

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Graeme Kerby

May 06, 2020 08:14 PM

Exercise and Your Immune System

A healthy immune system is a vital component of health. Most of us are aware of things that decrease our immunity: poor hygiene, psychological stress, lack of sleep and poor nutrition. Exercise is something that can have a substantial impact on immunity, but the relationship between the two is not straight forward. Let’s take a closer look at the impact that various exercise regimens have on immune function and health.

 

Researchers have established a strong relationship between moderate exercise and immune function. The average US adult will develop 2-3 upper respiratory infections each year.  These numbers are significantly reduced in populations that participate in regular exercise. Individuals who participate in moderate aerobic exercise for approximately 30 min per day, 4-6 days per week reported 50% less upper respiratory infections each year. This is due to an increase in the production of macrophages (cells that fight and consume bacteria) stimulated by exercise which ultimately results in increased immunity.

 

High intensity exercise is associated with a much different immune response. When researchers examined the effects of high intensity workouts (>90% target heart rate) a decrease in immune function was reported. For approximately 48-72 hours after the completion of a high intensity exercise session immune function is compromised. This is due to the release of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that are associated with increased physical and psychological stress. These stress hormones cause a decrease in T-cell production, resulting in a decreased ability to fight off infection. As a general guideline, avoid intense exercise if you’re not feeling well in order to keep your immune function intact. If you do complete a high intensity workout, make sure you give yourself 48 hours to recover before attempting another high intensity workout - your immune system will thank you for it.

 

What about completing moderate exercise if you’re already sick? It depends on your symptoms. If you have a fever, swollen glands, or excessive fatigue, avoid exercise and rest as much as you can. If you you lack those symptoms, mild to moderate exercise may help you feel better mentally, but won’t likely increase your immune response. So if you just have a mild to moderate cold and some congestion feel free to exercise - just don’t expect it to expedite your recovery.

 

When it comes to exercise modality, research does not suggest that any particular exercise type is superior to another. What is most important is participating in regular aerobic exercise. Cycling, walking, running, swimming and water exercise are all proven to support increased immune function when performed at moderate intensities. If you need help identifying a moderate intensity for your exercise program, consult a health professional. Some exercise applications can also help guide you through setting up exercise programs for moderate exercise. Ability Fix is an aquatic exercise application that guides you through a complete fitness assessment and makes recommendations for moderate aerobic exercise based on your fitness level and capabilities. Applications like this make it easier to complete moderate aerobic exercise appropriate for supporting immune function.

 

When exercising to improve immune function it is important to regularly exercise at appropriate intensities. Moderate exercise is most effective in promoting a healthy immune system through increased production of white blood cells. If you do participate in high intensity exercise, be sure to give yourself a rest day afterwards to recover. Remember, exercise is just one component of immunity. Make sure you’re doing as much as you can to support your immune system: practice good hygiene by regularly washing your hands, eat nutritious food with plenty of micronutrients, stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and get plenty of sleep. You may not be able to completely avoid getting sick, but you’ll be well equipped to fight off any bacterial or viral infection that comes your way.

 

About Ability Fix

 

Ability Fix offers customized water aerobics classes to help you reach your goals. The award-winning app is the ultimate companion for your water aerobics regimen and guides you through a series of aquatic exercises. Whether you’re seeking a low-impact way to help improve your mobility or need a high-intensity cardio burn, Ability Fix is for you. The app works with a variety of devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones, and smart TVs. Optional waterproof Bluetooth headphones allow you to listen to instructions for the exercises. With 50 water aerobics exercises and three Ai Chi routines launching at the start of 2020, Ability Fix is ready to help you create the ideal water aerobics routine. 

 

For more information about Ability Fix, visit www.abilityfix.com

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Starr Nixdorf

Mar 13, 2020 03:05 PM

The Correct Way to Monitor Your Workout Intensity

Anyone who exercises regularly wants to make certain that they are monitoring their workout intensity in order to ensure proper progression. Many exercisers will measure intensity by monitoring heart rate and attempting to stay in their target heart rate training zone. Other exercisers will gauge intensity by metrics such as speed or pace. Both heart rate and pace are useful for gauging intensity, but setting target goals for each of these has drawbacks when it comes to progression and overtraining.

 

Every regular exerciser or athlete will tell you that they have good days and bad days when it comes to training and working out. This happens for a variety of reasons. The heart rate response to exercise tends to be different depending on circumstance. For example, exercising in heat will cause an elevated heart rate response at any given intensity due to blood volume lost through sweating (sweat is simply filtered blood plasma). If blood volume is decreased, the heart then needs to beat faster to deliver sufficient oxygenated blood to the working tissues.

 

Another reason for varying heart rate responses involves how hard you train from day to day. Undergoing consecutive hard workouts can be taxing on the body, and some recovery time is usually necessary. When we train hard multiple days in a row, certain hormones that promote increased heart rate will remain elevated in the body. This can result in higher heart rates than expected. This can easily happen to exercisers if they are continuously trying to hit speed or pace goals despite feeling tired or overworked.

An excellent solution is to gauge intensity by using a Rate of Perceived Exertion Scale (RPE). This allows for a subjective measure to assess how hard you’re working. The Borg Scale is the most common RPE scale that ranges from 6-20, where 6 is associated with rest or no effort at all and 20 is an absolute maximal effort. Most people will perform aerobic exercise at a moderate intensity of ~12-14 on the Borg Scale. If you feel like you’re getting burned out by trying to workout at a specific heart rate or pace, try gauging intensity by RPE instead, and track RPE from workout to workout. This allows you to tailor your workout to how you're feeling on a given day, and ultimately decreases the risk of overtraining or burnout.

 

Let’s look at another situation where RPE can be extremely useful: heart rate lowering medications. Many people take medications such as beta blockers that lower heart rate at any given intensity. This can make it difficult to assign target heart rates when exercising. If you utilize RPE instead, you can assign a training intensity without having to account for how the heart may respond to a rate lowering medication.

 

It should be noted that aquatic exercise can also significantly alter heart rate response. When exercising in water more blood is circulated back to the heart due to the near weightless environment. In other words the heart doesn’t have to work as hard, because it doesn’t have to push blood against the force of gravity. This therefore increases stroke volume - the amount of blood pumped out the heart with each beat. Since more blood is being pumped from the heart with each beat, your heart rate will therefore be slower, even though your muscles may be working equally as hard as they would be on land. The effect is more pronounced as the depth of the water increases. This gives excellent reason to use RPE to gauge intensity, as heart rate response in water can be extremely variable. As a side note, if you’re new to aquatic based exercise, make sure you consult a professional instructor or attend a class before attempting it on your own since it can be quite different from land-based exercise. There are even aquatic-based exercise applications such as Ability Fix that can help guide you through workouts and provide expectations for your exercise response.

 

When gauging workout intensity it is important to consider many factors. Pace and heart rate can be very useful, however they should be used in conjunction with RPE in order to prevent burnout and overtraining. Make sure that you are tracking your Rate of Perceived Exertion with every workout, and if you find yourself becoming exhausted trying to achieve target heart rate or speed goals slow down and listen to your body.

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Graeme Kerby

May 06, 2020 08:15 PM

How to Keep Your Group Exercise Class Full

Group fitness instructors often make the mistake of recruiting anyone who is willing to participate in their class with little to no regard for their fitness levels or capabilities. This often leads to a large discrepancies in group exercise classes, where part of the class is struggling to keep up, while others are not being sufficiently challenged. The results are ineffective workouts for everyone, which ultimate leads to high attrition.

 

As instructors, we need to screen our participants prior to putting them into classes. Personal trainers often do a great job of conducting a battery of fitness tests prior to beginning one on one training programs, but sadly they rarely put in the time to conduct any fitness testing at all before recommending group exercise classes to individuals. Many people are simply not proficient enough with exercise to participate in these classes. That puts them at risk of feeling inadequate and ultimately discourages them from continuing with the class. Even worse, someone who is not physically ready for an intense exercise class is at a high risk of injury.

 

So how can we build a group exercise program to promote safety, decrease attrition and increase result? We need to use all available tools at our disposal to screen participants and assess their fitness levels. We can then develop classes taught specifically to varying abilities. We should put participants through quick, but effective testing such as simple gait analysis, squat testing, or general functional movement screenings. If more time is available fitness professionals can use more traditional muscular strength, endurance and flexibility testing. A battery of fitness tests can generally be conducted in less than 15 minutes, and that small investment in time may lead to a much better experience for your participants.

 

Technology can assist us in expediting this process. Apps such as Ability Fix offers simple screening questionnaires which can help identify areas of weakness and recommend appropriate water-based exercises for various fitness levels. Users can then feel confident that they are performing exercises that will help improve their fitness without fear that they will injure or overexert themselves. Options like can help clients and fitness class goers identify their own strength and weaknesses, which they can then report back to instructors.

 

If your group fitness classes are struggling, maybe it’s time to reflect: Are you assessing fitness levels prior to recruiting participants? Are the participants in your class at similar levels? And is your class content appropriate for the types of participants you’re recruiting? Remember, people get results when they feel challenged, but are confident in their abilities. Make sure you’re designing multiple classes for multiple fitness levels. It’ll pay off in the long run.

 

About Ability Fix

Regardless of your current physical ability level, Ability Fix offers customized water aerobics classes to help you reach your goals. The award-winning app is the ultimate companion for your water aerobics regimen and guides you through a series of aquatic exercises to help improve your balance, strength, flexibility, and cardio. Whether you’re seeking a low-impact way to help improve your mobility or need a high-intensity cardio burn, Ability Fix is for you. The app works with a variety of devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones, and smart TVs. Optional waterproof Bluetooth headphones allow you to listen to instructions for the exercises. With 50 water aerobics exercises and three Ai Chi routines launching at the start of 2020, Ability Fix is ready to help you create the ideal water aerobics routine for your needs. 

 

For more information about Ability Fix, visit www.abilityfix.com

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Graeme Kerby

May 06, 2020 08:15 PM

Why Your Group Exercise Class is not Right for You

Almost all of us are aware that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Despite that only 30% of the US population is currently achieving the daily recommended amount of physical activity. You may not be aware though that most fitness centers report losing approximately 50% of their members each year. Elite gyms will attempt to mitigate the loss of their members by offering programs that encourage attendance and a sense of community at their facility, such as group exercise classes. These elite gyms will still see losses of approximately 30% of their members yearly.

 

So why is it so hard to retain members? Surveys suggest that exercise is difficult for many people. They perceive a high level of knowledge, technique and experience is often required to setup an effective exercise program. Gyms often offer classes as a way to gently pave the way.

A lot of fitness classes are often taught to the average participant in the exercise class.

 

We’re all built differently with different fitness goals.  This requires vastly different doses of exercise intensity and time to elicit a desirable response. Fitness classes taught to the average person alienates people at both the low and high ends of the proficiency spectrum. The inexperienced exerciser on the low end of the spectrum will not be able to keep up with the class - often feeling lost and incompetent. These feelings can become overwhelming and discourage future participation. The opposite is true for the experienced or high proficiency exerciser, who may feel like they are not being adequately challenged, and therefore may see very little results from the time they invested in the class. Both of these situations discourage participation in group exercise, despite the social reinforcement one may get from attending a class.

 

What’s the solution? Simply find classes that suit your ability level. When classes are categorized according to specific abilities the risk of injury is reduced, participants feel more confident and energized by their fellow exercisers, and they decrease their likelihood of discontinuing the program. This also greatly increases positive results from exercise. Results are best achieved when you can increase your workout intensity or time incrementally every few weeks by no more than 5-10%. This is far easier to accomplish in a group setting where the members of the group are matched to your ability level.

 

Technology is making it easier for people to exercise at their appropriate fitness levels. Many apps now take into account your height, weight, age, limitations and current fitness level to curate workouts that are specific to your ability level. Ability Fix is one such application that categorizes its users into 5 distinct fitness levels and offers specific water-based exercises designed to increase your results by challenging you appropriately. Users of Ability Fix can choose exercises that have been deemed appropriate for their level of fitness based on a special assessment conducted in the application. They can then build workouts in the app based on the recommendations from the assessment. Products like this are a great leap forward in workout personalization, without having to pay for cost prohibitive personal training.

 

So remember, when choosing an exercise program or group exercise class make sure it is appropriate for your fitness level and ability. You’ll increase the likelihood of continued participation, feel more confident, and ultimately achieve the results you deserve.

 

 

About Ability Fix

Regardless of your current physical ability level, Ability Fix offers customized water aerobics classes to help you reach your goals. The award-winning app is the ultimate companion for your water aerobics regimen and guides you through a series of aquatic exercises to help improve your balance, strength, flexibility, and cardio. Whether you’re seeking a low-impact way to help improve your mobility or need a high-intensity cardio burn, Ability Fix is for you. The app works with a variety of devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones, and smart TVs. Optional waterproof Bluetooth headphones allow you to listen to instructions for the exercises. With 50 water aerobics exercises and three Ai Chi routines launching at the start of 2020, Ability Fix is ready to help you create the ideal water aerobics routine for your needs. 

 

For more information about Ability Fix, visit www.abilityfix.com

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Starr Nixdorf

Feb 24, 2020 10:07 AM

Water Exercise Helps With Bones, Muscles, and More! | Ability Fix

For aging adults, bone loss is a significant health concern. We start to lose muscles used for powerful and quick movements that stimulate bone health as we age. Exercises associated with positive bone maintenance and growth are typically land-based, where weight-bearing and high-impact activities are proven to improve bone density.

 

The problem is those types of exercises aren’t always the best choice for older adults with chronic disorders, injuries, or physical limitations. That’s where water-based exercise like water aerobics reigns supreme. Even if water exercise is low impact, it’s not necessarily less effective in preventing age-related bone deterioration. Here are several reasons why water exercise is good for your bones and how it may decrease the rate of bone loss. 

 

Resistance Training in Water May Improve Muscle Strength

If someone has osteoporosis, for example, resistance training and mechanical loading are necessary. But not everyone can do land exercises, so water is a great place to exercise because it provides resistance with every movement. Muscles become strengthened with consistent water exercise. When you move your body in the pool, the low-impact resistance activates your muscles to help make them more flexible and mobile. 

 

When you push against water, it pushes back. By using maximum effort in your strength training exercises in water without shortening the range of motion, bone mineral density is typically at least maintained if not improved, according to a study on postmenopausal women

 

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in Water

In the HIIT format, aquatic workouts target major muscle groups. These types of water aerobics classes or workouts are for adults who are healthy and fit for the most part because you are getting your heart rate up in bursts of exertion and then resting to catch your breath (recovery). 

 

Maximum effort exercises that encourage jumping in water may help maintain bone density and prevent yearly decline. HIIT in the pool is rigorous enough for athletes and older adults who have no permanent physical limitations. Leg strength and agility are likely to increase over time, not to mention your cardio, but the key is consistency. 

 

Pool Exercise May Help Reduce Falls

In addition to improved cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, flexibility, and bone density maintenance, water exercise may help reduce the number of falls and improve balance. The study on postmenopausal women in their 50s-60s mentioned above showed a significant decrease in falls among the aquatic exerciser group. The women in the six-month study were also taking vitamin D and calcium supplements, vitamins known to help build muscle and bone. With better balance, you are less likely to fall as well.

 

Water exercise has numerous health benefits, especially when you get in the pool with the intention of firing up your muscles and getting a great workout. Low-impact doesn’t mean low effort!

 

About Ability Fix

Ability Fix is an award-winning mobile app that provides an accessible way to get fit with exercises for water aerobics, regardless of your current physical ability level. Using any body of water, participants are guided through easy-to-understand aquatic exercises that may incrementally improve balance, flexibility, strength, and cardio with less pain. App users can customize their own routine or select a predefined workout with any device, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, smart TVs, and Bluetooth headphones. The Ability Fix aquatics fitness app officially launched at the beginning of 2020 with 50 exercises and three Ai Chi routines. The forgiving water environment is fun, effective, and you can make your aquatic exercise routine as challenging as you’d like. 

 

Learn more about Ability Fix at www.abilityfix.com

 

 

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