Affordable Therapeutic Exercise to Combat Arthritis
The muscles play a key role in supporting the joints and the less they are being used the weaker they get. Weak muscles enhance the strain on the joints which can result in experiencing more pain. The pain forces you to be sedentary again and you have come full circle. There is a way to break this vicious cycle. You can keep your muscles strong and your joints fully functional without stressing them.
Swimming is very therapeutic and the best solution around. It is one of those rare exercises where almost all muscles are being used. The water presents just enough resistance forcing you having to use your muscles, but is extremely easy on the joints. On top of all that; it is a very pleasant and relaxing work out which anyone can do, regardless whether you are younger or older.
The only draw back most people run in to is the inconvenience and/or impossibility of having to go to the pool. Why go to the pool when the pool can come to you? There are above ground, high quality therapy pools available which can easily be set up at home. They don't take up much space and are accessible whenever they are being wanted or needed.
Due to the smaller size, the pool can be installed inside as well as outside. It is entirely up to the proud owners whether they like to swim in the privacy of their garage for instance, or enjoy swimming while soaking in the view and ambiance of the outdoors. The latter may not sound very appealing come winter time, but specifically designed heaters with timer keep the water at the desired temperature.
The question may arise how to swim laps in such a small pool. The answer lies in the harness that comes with it. This device can be adjusted around the body and set to the preferred resistance. It keeps you in place while swimming, so there is no need to constantly interrupt the exercise to turn around. In case climbing the ladder to get in the pool is not feasible, a lift can be added to accommodate.
The Fitmax iPool does not require much maintenance. It is recommended to keep an eye on the pH level once a week, to run the pump for a few hours daily, and to refresh the water three to four times a year. Common household products are more then adequate for regular cleaning. You may need to vacuum the bottom every now and then, but a cover comes with the pool and will keep falling leaves and most other debris out.
Even though the pool is small, it is a great solution for those with sore joints and muscles who refuse to let their disease pull them down. They can now keep their head above water by swimming to their heart's content!