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. Contact your local leisure center or swimming pool and ask about the classes they offer.


Kernow Hydro, near Redruth offers swimming and pool classes, supported by coaches and therapists – https://kernowhydro.co.uk/


Wild and sea swimming

Sea swimming has become very popular in recent years, and there are many groups that enjoy sea swimming around the coast of Cornwall.  Below are a few links that may help put you in touch with a group local to you.



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