Warm water exercise

Exercising in warm water is one of the most comfortable and effective ways that a person with arthritis can exercise. This is because the water supports your body, taking the weight off inflamed and painful joints. For these classes, the water is heated to around 34°C (93°F), as the warmth helps tight joints and muscles to loosen up and relax, easing any soreness and soothing any pain.

The role of the water in your exercise class is two-fold: not only does it soothe and support your body, it also offers resistance to your movements, acting a bit like a weight to help strengthen your muscles while you exercise.

These 45-minute warm water exercise classes are designed for small groups. Everyone in the class follows the same routine, but your leader will show you how to adjust the exercises to fit your personal needs. The water that you’re exercising in can offer as little or as much resistance as you like; press hard on the water for maximum resistance, press less for minimal resistance. This enables you to instantly adapt the exercises to suit you, and means that the classes can be beneficial for different people with varying levels of strength and mobility.

Each class will begin with a warm-up, followed by a selection of exercises that move through the body to give you a full-body work-out for overall wellbeing, and end with a warm-down. The exercises cover the whole body, not specific joints – it works those joints that are affected by arthritis as well as those that aren’t, acting as a preventative measure as well as treatment.

Warm water exercise is an excellent way for people with any form of arthritis to build strength, ease stiff joints and relax sore muscles. Join a program and find out more about how The Joint Movement can help you.

More information

For more information about exercising in water with arthritis, visit our frequently asked questions or read the Water exercise information sheet.