Restore with Water

Oct 14, 2016
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October is widely known as Breast Cancer awareness month with cities hosting several walks and races. Sadly most of us can say that we know or have known someone who has journeyed this road.  Those whom are surviving can find themselves in a de-conditioned state in the blink of an eye.  Everyone that is dealing with the recovery of cancer will echo the same thing.  I want to feel better, get stronger and increase my endurance. 

Just for a moment think blue.  The pool can offer a wide range of benefits.   Water provides 12 times the resistance of air, making water exercise an excellent choice.  Directional water walking is one form of water exercise that has numerous benefits.  Immerse yourself chest deep in a pool that is 88-92 degrees Fahrenheit.  Walking forward, backwards, and sideways has the potential to increase muscle tone and restore your body back to health.  The water by way of its hydrostatic pressure will give the body a nice hug from head to toe.

It takes gravity off the body and replaces it with a graduated pressure.   The graduated pressure of vertical immersion reduces any extra fluid that may be present and forces the body to eliminate it.  As we move through the water, the hydrostatic pressure moves across the surface area of the body offering resistance. Resistance creates a stimulation of the nervous system to release endorphins, the brains “feel good” chemical.  The body will absorb the endorphins, giving way to a sense of wellbeing for the mind and body.

Endurance will come in stages so don’t get discouraged.    Each time you increase your heart rate and your lung capacity you are building up your endurance.   Set a time goal to start.  15-30 minutes of water walking then gradually increase your time by 15 minute increments.  Start at a moderate pace and then move up to brisk. Remember with any exercise, you need to check with your doctor.   If you have been diagnosed with Lymphedema or showing signs of swelling, please see your doctor before any exercise.  Drink plenty of water even while exercising in water.  Most importantly enjoy yourself.

Author: Windy Wills

  • bobl07

    I like your statement the “pool can offer a wide range of benefits.” No doubt that water can benefit those with lymphedema and all people, especially those with disabilities.