Regular exercise is an important way for people with osteoporosis to improve their overall well-being and reduce the risk of falls and fractures. Members of MyOsteoTeam enjoy swimming, water aerobics, and hydrotherapy, a form of physiotherapy done in water. While exercises done in water aren’t the best for building bone density, they are great options for improving heart health, balance, and flexibility. Hydrotherapy can also help manage pain.
Members have found hydrotherapy and other pool exercises safe and beneficial while recuperating after injury. “I had hydrotherapy after breaking my hip, and it really gave me my confidence back,” one member wrote.
Water exercise is especially helpful for members who struggle with pain, either from osteoporosis or other conditions like osteoarthritis. “I’ve started water aerobics, which can bring my pain from a level 10 down to a level five,” a member commented. “The hydro pool is great and gives amazing relief,” another member added.
For some people, exercising in a pool is a great stress reliever and mood lifter. “A highlight of my day was morning aqua fit class,” one member shared. “The water makes my body feel so relaxed and flexible. I feel if I could live in water I’d be happy!”
On MyOsteoTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with osteoporosis, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Staying active is one of the most discussed topics.
Here are some conversations about swimming, water aerobics, and hydrotherapy:
Here are some question-and-answer threads about swimming, water aerobics, and hydrotherapy:
I'm afraid of doing anything except walking and swimming for fear of hurting myself.
What’s your favorite way to exercise? Share your thoughts at MyOsteoTeam today.