Swimming is particularly good for people with arthritis because due to the buoyancy of the water it provides a gentle way to exercise joints and muscles. The water supports joints to encourage free movement and acts as resistance to build muscle strength.
When you swim, around 90% of your body weight is supported by the water. The relatively weightless environment and support from the water helps to overcome painful movement in the joints that are affected by the condition. Swimming also helps to tone up the supporting muscles without the discomfort of other exercises.
Aqua aerobics provides a good work out without putting too much strain on the joints. This is aerobics in water, normally waist deep. It involves the upper and lower body, and mid-section. Ensure you warm up for five to 10 minutes with easy walking and arm movements. Classes are available at many of the county’s leisure centres.