Pre-hab…an ounce of prevention

Posted by AquaJogger® on October 19th, 2009

Injuries and medical conditions can ruin your season or your lifestyle. What can be rehabilitated can often be prevented by being pro-active. Medical, health care and sports training professionals are increasingly turning to water exercise as prevention as well as therapy. Consider how “pre-hab” can benefit you or someone you care about.

Emersion in water provides physiological benefits and a forgiving exercise environment that is unique to that medium. Those benefits are maximized when you are suspended up to your neck in deep water. This enables you to breathe normally as you utilize the variable resistance of water in all directions…without impact. AquaJogger® water exercise belts were invented for this purpose and have been “supporting” water workouts since 1987.

When suspended, movements can be performed at speeds ranging from an all-out effort to slow motion through a full range of motion. Your exercise options multiply without weight-bearing impact on your feet, ankles, knees, hips and low back. Your body is surrounded by the hydrostatic pressure of water so your movements have built-in resistance in all directions. Resistance is determined by the speed with which you move your limbs through the water and the amount of surface area you present to that path. You are in control of just how much or how little resistance you apply at any point throughout each movement. Tune into what your body tells you to get the most out of each exercise.

To get started, chose from the exercises and instructions found in the information section on our website. As you learn the basics, innovate to fit your specific needs. Try emulating some of the exercises you do on land in the water. One of the keys to success is to focus your exercise routine on your areas of weakness and those most prone to injury. Strive for strength, flexibility and endurance through a complete range of motion on each exercise. You can do this in the water.

Whether you are an athlete looking to maximize conditioning without injury or just looking to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, be pro-active and pre-hab.