Older adults prefer exercising in the water because the buoyancy of the water provides reduced joint impact. This doesn’t mean that the exercise is any less intense; it just means that you can work at a higher level without banging on your joints.
For optimal safety, PoolFit recommneds the following 10 safety precautions.
1. Physician Approval
Always consult with your doctor when beginning or changing an exercise program.
2. Age Requirement
The PoolFit site is intended for adults only. You must be 18 years of age to subscribe and follow along with the workouts.
3. Avoid Exercising Alone
Please be sure to have another person present when you are exercising in the pool. Consider asking an exercise buddy to join you or at the very least make sure an adult is present in the pool area.
4. Use Caution with Electrical Devices
If you are following along with a TV or device that is plugged into an electrical outlet; be sure that this device is kept at a distance away from the pool.
5. Choose Appropriate Workouts
There is a wide variety of pool workouts available. Be sure to select one that matches your fitness level.
6. Exercise to your Own Abilities
Very important! Always exercise to your own pace and your own abilities. All movement and all exercise is good. You do not have to match the pace or intensity of the video. Listen to your body avoid any exercise that causes pain or discomfort.
7. Stay Hydrated
Drink lots of water. Even though you may not feel as hot and sweaty in a pool, your body still requires ample hydration. Water lubricates the body’s organs and fuels optimal athletic performance.
8. Wear Shoes
Protect your feet. Exercising in shallow water can still cause impact on your joints, albeit reduced. It is a good idea to cushion the impact with a good pair of water shoes. Diabetics should DEFINITELY protect their feet against the rough surface of the pool bottom, as they are more vulnerable to feet issues.
9. Correct Depth
In regards to shallow water fitness, exercising in water that is too shallow can cause increased impact on your joints. Exercising in water that to deep makes it difficult to perform the moves with good form and alignment. The proper depth for shallow water exercise would be anywhere from belly button to chest. However, aiming for water at breastbone depth is probably best.
10. Deep-Water Flotation Belt
If you are exercising in deep water, you must wear a flotation belt for both personal safety and for proper form and alignment, regardless of your swim skills. A deep-water flotation belt secured around the waist allows for maximal aerobic activity using the arms and the legs.
Following these 10 exercise precautions will provide the best PoolFit experience.