Water Exercises Are Good For Muscles!

I never learned to swim when I was a kid.  In fact, I used to be kind of afraid of the water.  Every time I took swimming lessons, I ended up freezing and shivering and never got past Lesson #2.

But then I grew up and one day I was in the pool and said to my son, “Watch this!”

And he said, “What am I watching?”

And I said, “You are watching me not drown!”

I may never be a great swimmer but I taught myself not to drown and that’s a major improvement in my ‘swimming’ ability!

  • Water exercises or movements are great for bodies.  The water acts as resistance as your arms and legs swish through the water.  Resistance builds muscle.
  • You won’t sweat when you are exercising in the pool.  I think that’s a big plus!
  • Moving in the water lets the water massage your muscles.  Massage is a good thing!
  • Letting the water support you takes the weight of gravity off.  Your spine can lengthen when you bob or float.

You don’t have to know how to swim or even how to float to enjoy moving your muscles in water.

I’m a mermaid. A really slow mermaid.

 

 

 

 

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Mermaid Demonstrates Water Exercises

Okay.  So I’m not really a mermaid.  But when I’m in the water I feel like one. 🙂

There are so many benefits to exercising in water.

  • Water acts as resistance to your movements so your muscles become stronger.
  • You don’t sweat.
  • You are in the sunshine if it’s an outdoor pool so your body can create Vitamin D.
  • Water supports you so you actually weigh less; gravity pulls less on you and your body can lengthen.

If you can’t bear to go into the deep end, that’s okay.  You can get all the benefits of water exercise by walking or running in the shallow end.

You can do all of the movements in this video in the shallow end, too, except the scissors sideways kick.

Water exercises are easy on your joints, strengthen your muscles and when most of your body is underwater your spine gets a break from gravity, too!

 

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Is The Pain In Your Thumb Mommy Thumb Or DeQuervain’s Syndrome

What is Mommy Thumb?  Medical terms sometimes change over time.  In this case, since lots of moms get this particular type of pain, a new name for DeQuervain’s Syndrome evolved.

A ‘syndrome’ is a bunch of symptoms.  In the case, the new name for the syndrome is Mommy Thumb.

I’d guess that beside lifting little babies many times a day the cause also comes from current lifestyles.  Weaker upper bodies and arms and more time on computers or ‘just sitting’ may cause you to have a tendency to tilt your wrists as you lift your baby (or anything.)

It’s tilting your hand toward your baby finger that stresses the muscles and tendons on the thumb side of your wrist.

Lifting with straight wrists rather than tilted can prevent and help get rid of Mommy Thumb.  Here is an article about pain on the thumb side of your wrist. (<– click here.)   There are many more articles about hand, wrist and arm pain at that website, too.

And here’s a video about Mommy Thumb by hand surgeon C. Noel Henley.  But wait!  Don’t worry–there are natural steps you can take to get rid of your pain.  Surgery is rarely the answer.  Check out the article link, above.

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Relax Your Shoulders and Massage Your Arms

You can relax tight shoulders and “massage” your arms by using the movements in the following video.  So often the muscles around our shoulders get out of balance.  They get shorter and tighter on one side of our body than the other.  Ideally, all of our muscles would be more balanced so they don’t have to “fight” each other.

Here’s the video:

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