Looking to Improve Circulation? Give Aqua Therapy a Try

Exercising in the water provides several advantages, especially for those who might have more limited mobility. Being gravity free, aquatics provide workouts for those with ailments such as osteoarthritis or muscle strains, and are highly recommended for people with severe disabilities and high blood pressure. The resistance of water is also great for those with back pain and musculoskeletal injuries or diseases.

Here are two water-based exercises from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) that can be performed by people of many ability levels:


Place a hand on one side of the pool and then use your free hand to lift your bent leg up so your knee moves toward your chest. Release and repeat on other side. Works your hips and quadriceps and stretches out the lower back and gluteal muscles.

Resistance Arm-Raises.

Stand in pool arms at your side (if need be a pool noodle or inner tube can be used for assistance). Raise both arms until they are just below the surface. Lower arms back to your side and repeat the movement. The resistance from the water provides a pain-free way to help build muscle and minimize atrophy. Great for arms, shoulders, and upper-back muscles.

These materials are designed for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a qualified health professional before making changes to your current diet, exercise or health regimen.