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Ten Best Aquatic Therapy Aquatic Exercise

The Ten Best Products for Aquatic Exercise and Aquatic Therapy

With summer fast approaching and the weather beginning to warm up, more and more people are turning to the pool as the ideal location for their fitness and physical therapy routine. Whether you are getting in shape, maintaining a toned body, or doing physical therapy exercises to recover from an injury, the pool can be the source of all of your exercise needs when you have the right aquatic therapy and aquatic exercise equipment.

As someone who has been a competitive swimmer and played water polo for years, I am completely familiar with the numerous benefits of aquatic exercise and aquatic physical therapy. Arthritis sufferers and those recovering from injuries will find that the pool serves as an ideal location for low impact exercise with just the right amount of resistance. Swimming is also an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise that not only gives you a full body workout, but also improves your posture by stretching your back. A variety of products are available that allow virtually anyone to not enjoy the pool, but to take advantage of the benefits of aquatic exercise and aquatic therapy.

1. Uniband Exercise Bands

They are resistant to pool chemicals and are the only exercise bands on the market which can be safely used in pools which makes them wonderful for use in aquafit and water aerobics classes. Uniband provides universal resistance training and rehabilitation products for use in Physiotherapy, Fitness and Strength Training. They are manufactured from a 100% latex-free elastomeric compound. Uniband bands and Tubes exhibit the dynamic stretch properties of traditional latex based products with none of the disadvantages. Enjoy your workout and buy the Uniband latex free exercise band today from ActiveForever!

2. SwiMP3 Neptune Waterproof MP3 Player

For many, swimming a lot of laps in a pool can be boring and monotonous. With the SwiMP3 Neptune Waterproof MP3 Player, you can enjoy all of your favorite music underwater while you get a great workout. Unlike other waterproof MP3 players that use ear plugs which can distort your music, the SwiMP3 uses bone conduction technology which transmits the sound waves through your jawbone, giving you crystal clear sound quality. Now you can get more from your swimming workout by setting the pace of your swim to the rhythm of your music. The SwiMP3 works with both Macs and PCs and easily attaches to your goggle strap.

3. FitMax Aquatic Walker

Every time you take a step on land, you put three to seven times the weight of your body on your joints. For those who suffer from arthritis, have had a recent knee or hip replacement, or are recovering from an injury, that added weight and pressure can be unbearable. Innovative and gentle, the FitMax Aqua Walker uses the water's natural buoyancy and resistance to build muscle mass without straining joints or exacerbating existing injuries. Providing a chance for people with small leg fractures, back pain, muscle spasms and Fibromyalgia to rehabilitate and tone muscles, aquatic therapy dramatically reduces your weight-bearing responsibility. Obese and arthritic users will also benefit from the buoyant water environment that allows them to exercise pain free. The hydrostatic pressure of the underwater space makes joint movement easier for users to track, preventing overextension and re-injury.

4. AquaFins Aquatic Exercise Kit

The AquaFins Aquatic Exercise Kit allows you to get the most out of an underwater workout. The four predator fins are comfortably attached to your wrists or ankles and feature a unique hydrofoil design that provides lift and stability for optimal performance. The exercises featured in the AquaFins guide were designed by physical therapists and are ideal for those recovering from hip replacements and most orthopedic injuries. Each set includes a mesh carrying case for added convenience.

5. SpaBells Aquatic Dumbells

Aquatic exercise is a great way to burn calories, increase strength, and improve flexibility without unnecessary strain on your joints. The SpaBells Aquatic Dumbbells are an innovative design combining resistance, buoyancy, and free-weights that are not only perfect for beginner to competitive athletes, they’re also safe to use for injury rehabilitation. These versatile aquatic dumbbells move smoothly through water and gain different levels of resistance by simply pushing them forwards, backwards, or sideways. SpaBells are great for toning up and muscle building without the concern of injuries often associated with free weights. Whether you’re an athlete or therapist, the SpaBells are an ideal partner for your water workouts.

6. AquaTrek Wheelchair

More and more physical therapists are exploring the use of aquatic therapy with their patients, but what happens when the patient is confined to a wheelchair? Since therapists' pools are typically designed with ramps, the obvious solution is the AquaTrek Wheelchair. Uniquely designed to be completely submerged underwater, the AquaTrek Wheelchair features a furniture-grade PVC frame with stainless steel fasteners and a stainless steel axle. Unlike most wheelchairs for designed for aquatic therapy, this one does not completely fill with water when submerged.

7. PAL 1000 Portable Aquatic Pool Lift

So what happens you do not have a ramp going into your pool? Virtually maintenance free and designed corrosion proof materials, the PAL 1000 Portable Aquatic Pool Lift offers a safe and easy for therapists to get their patients in and out of the pool. It requires no permanent installation so it can be set up anywhere along the pool deck and the stored when not in use thanks to the locking wheels. The waterproof hand control allows the PAL 1000 Pool Lift to be operated by the user or an attendant. The pool lift is powered by a rechargeable battery and a mechanical actuator that can lift patients up to 300 pounds. An optional stability vest, spine board attachment, and armrests are also available.

8. Spa-N-A-Box Portable Spa

When someone has sore muscles or joints, they often think of how nice it would be to have a spa, and in many cases regret not putting one in alongside their pool. With the Spa-N-A-Box Portable Spa, you can enjoy relaxing water jets on your pool deck, under an awning, or even indoors. It takes very little time to set up and requires no tools, plumbing, or wiring. The portable spa includes a thermal insulated cover, its own filtration system, and attractive rigid sidewalls that make a great addition to any home. At just over six feet in diameter, the Spa in a Box Portable Spa can be placed virtually anywhere.

9. Water Rider 5 Aquatic Exercise Bike

The Water Rider 5 Aquatic Exercise Bike provides you with a strenuous workout, and just like the Water Rider 3 Aquatic Exercise Bike and Water Rider 4 Aquatic Exercise Bike, it is compatible with all water types: sea, chlorinated, and bromine. It is recommended that the bike be used in depths of 4-5 feet and, at only 50 pounds, this efficient and simple to use water fitness bicycle uses water resistance in both backwards and forwards directions. The durable, 100% stainless steel anti-corrosive frame is suitable for all pool finishes and the anti-slip pedals are designed to be used with bare feet. The brushed steel finish can easily withstand pool chemicals and the outdoor environments.

10. iPool Above Ground Exercise Pool by FitMax

The iPool Above Ground Exercise Pool by FitMax is a vinyl swimming pool designed for water exercise where space is limited. Swimming has always been recognized as one of the most complete low-impact workouts one can get. Equipped with everything you need for a complete, low impact exercise, the iPool Above Ground Exercise Pool was designed for resistance swimming to help strengthen the cardiovascular system without the stress and impact on the joints. The iPool Above Ground Exercise Pool is extremely easy to use, all you need to do is put on the harness, and start swimming! This harness makes your i Pool Exercise Pool feel like an olympic-sized lap pool, when in reality it is only about 6 square meters. If you want more resistance, just change the position of the harness to your desired resistance. The iPool harness connects to your torso by velcro, adjusting to fit anywhere from a 22 inch to 42 inch waist.

Regardless of your level of fitness or the type of physical limitations you have to deal with, aquatic exercise and aquatic therapy can provide an assortment of health benefits, including relief from arthritis pain, rehabilitation from injuries, and low impact exercise. With summer just around the corner, it's time to take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy exercising in the water.

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