Strength training exercises the muscles around your joints, building the muscles up so that they take some of the strain off your joints, helping to reduce inflammation and relieve your pain.
Both exercise programs aim to build strength, ease stiff joints and relax sore muscles. Both focus on strength and resistance, but the warm water exercise classes take place in a heated pool. The heat helps to ease stiff joints and relax sore muscles, while the water both supports the body and offers resistance for strength training.
You won’t be required to dunk your head underwater in any of the classes. The water is simply there as an aid to your exercise – to support your weight, soothe sore joints, relax muscles, and resist your movements – so you need to be confident to move freely in a pool without holding on to the edge.
You don’t need to be able to swim to do the warm water exercise classes, but you do need to have the confidence to let go of the pool edge and stand, unaided, in the water. The classes require you to stand in the pool. Your head will be above water at all times.
To help people who have limited mobility, many of the pools have ramps or gentle steps to make it easy to get in and out of the pool. If you have any concerns, speak to your exercise physiologist at your pre-exercise appointment.