Chronic Pain? Try Water Exercise for Pain Relief

swimming exerciseIf you bend down to tie your shoes and find yourself thinking, “What else can I do while I’m down here?” you may be dealing with chronic pain. Chronic pain can really cramp your style. Little things that used to be easy have become a struggle, like doing laundry, lifting a grandbaby or carrying in groceries. Other than medication, what can you do to alleviate the pain? You can swim.

Water exercise, particularly in the warm water of a heated inground pool, has provided dramatic relief from pain and stiff joints for many chronic pain sufferers. The gentle, low-impact resistance the water provides gives them a great workout with less potential for falls, as well as a lower risk of joint stress and tissue injury. In this blog post, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions about pool exercise.

HOW WILL SWIMMING HELP ME? 

Here’s just a short list of conditions that can be improved by swimming exercise:

  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pinched nerves and nerve pain
  • Ankle and foot pain
  • Hand, arm and shoulder pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee and leg pain
  • Neck pain
  • Lower and upper back pain
  • Generalized muscle and joint pain

That list covers pretty much all of us at some point, right? So, even if you’re not a strong swimmer, getting in the water and doing some gentle resistance exercises can have a great impact.

Swimming for overall health and wellness

Pain relief is not the only health benefit of swimming. According to an article from Harvard Medical School, swimming also improves blood pressure, cholesterol levels, energy levels, heart and lung health, and an overall sense of happiness and well-being. Swimming laps is certainly an option, but there are many other invigorating and fun ways to get exercise in the pool, using water exercise equipment or playing games in the pool with your family.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SWIM?

Make a weekly commitment.

In order to get the maximum health benefits from swimming, you’ll need to commit to spending at least two hours per week in the pool.

WHERE SHOULD I SWIM?

To make sure you stick with it, find your ideal pool experience.

You can join a local gym that has a pool, go to your community pool or use a friend’s pool, if any of those are available to you. However, you’re more likely to get in a pool that’s just outside your door, so having an inground pool in your own backyard is an even better option! With your own private pool, you can control the temperature yourself. You can exercise any time you want—morning, noon or night. You might even be able to get more than one workout in a day.

WHY SHOULD I HAVE MY OWN POOL?

The swimming pool lifestyle 

With an inground fiberglass pool, you’ll always have a spot to entertain friends, spend quality time with your kids and grandkids and unwind at the end of a busy day. After you’ve gotten your exercise in for the day, you can enjoy the backyard paradise you’ve created. You can even enhance your swimming pool area with a sound system, an outdoor kitchen and a wonderful shade structure.

Inground fiberglass pools are low-maintenance and will provide your family with a place to create memories for years to come. If you’re ready to reach your fitness goals and enjoy all the other benefits that owning a swimming pool offers, it’s time to get an estimate on a new fiberglass inground pool today.

About Thursday Pools

Thursday Pools manufactures one-piece fiberglass pool shells in their facility in Fortville, Indiana. Because of their commitment to innovation and quality, they’re able to offer two industry-leading warranties. Thursday Pools is the creator of the world’s first beach entry fiberglass pool designs. Grace, their rectangular design and Sandal, their free-form design are currently available to order. They have also recently debuted the world’s first Sunken Living Area fiberglass pools.