For those who deal with arthritis and other types of joint pain, the summer months present many opportunities for outdoor activities that contribute to pain management and relief. Warm weather entices people to enjoy a day at the beach or a relaxing afternoon poolside, and swimming is arguably one of the best exercises for the joints, especially as patients age.
Whether you own a pool or belong to a club with pool access, you can enjoy a number of health benefits with one 30-minute session:
- Swimming offers a full-body workout that includes all muscles, and can boost energy in less time than other exercises.
- Swimming puts less stress on the body than land-based workouts and promotes relaxation.
- Swimming is beneficial to the cardiovascular system.
- Also, swimming helps maintain flexibility in joints and improved range of motion.
According to Harvard Men’s Health Watch, the versatility of swimming exercises makes it easy for people to adapt according to age, size, and other conditions. Those who experience joint pain can modify strokes and movements that allow them to get in a workout while their joints receive ease of stiffness and soreness.
For an optimal morning or afternoon of swimming, take a few minutes for light stretching to avoid cramps. Wear a comfortable suit and protective eyewear, and adjust your activity to suit your abilities. You may also want to research swim and water aerobic classes at nearby community centers so you can continue exercising through the colder months.
At Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic Spine Specialists, we offer a full continuum of care for arthritis and joint pain patients. Whether you are experiencing difficulties due to age, illness, or injury, we offer therapies and treatments designed to improve your range of motion. For more information on what we provide, contact us today.