Are you one of 50 million Americans that suffer from arthritis? Do you suffer from fibromyalgia? One of the best ways to control pain, increase flexibility, and improve daily function is through aquatic exercise. Loyola Center for Fitness offers Arthritis Aqua classes lead by an instructor certified by the Aquatic Exercise Assocation (AEA).
Benefits to aquatic exercise for arthritis include:
- Preserving and restoring range of motion and flexibility around each affected joint
- Decreased effects of gravity in the water lessens the impact on your joints
- Increasing muscle strength and endurance to improve joint stability
- Increasing aerobic conditioning to improve stamina
- Social interactions, improves mood, and relieves stress
- Lessens the physical and psychological pain that often accompanies an arthritic condition
What to expect at your first class:
Arthritis Aqua classes will start with a warm-up, gentle exercise to improve strength, flexibility and continuous movement to improve cardiovascular function followed by a cool-down. One of the greatest benefits of exercising in water is the ability to perform exercises with greater ease and range of motion than on land.
Current class days/times: Mondays & Wednesdays from 10:30am -11:30am. Aquatic arthritis exercise classes are structured into an 8-week program. Class times may be subject to change. Classes are available to members and non-members for a fee.
For more information please contact Val Walkowiak, Medical Integration Coordinator at (708) 327-2348 or complete our program inquiry below.