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Aquatic exercises for elderly

Move ahead of hot water bath and refuge in the fun-filled aquatic exercises. Studies have shown that aquatic exercises such as water walking, water weightlifting and water resistance exercises can help older adults with Type 2 Diabetes. The most common problems experienced by the older adults are the fear of falling down, loss of posture, shakiness, restricted limb movement and joint pains. This makes exercising on the land difficult for them. Water exercises can be a relieving and fun-filled option for older people with Type 2 Diabetes.

Water exercises include lifting dumbbells in the water, water walking, water kicking and arm exercises using hand webs. People with Type 2 Diabetes are recommended regular exercise to keep fit and prevent complications of Diabetes. Research studies have shown that the performance levels of older people with Type 2 Diabetes and who do water exercises are more than people who do land exercises. Also, compliance was found more in people who do water exercises. Moreover, older adults who were doing water exercises continued to do so whereas those who were doing land exercises discontinued the routine after a period.

Studies have also found that HbA1c levels improved in adults who do water exercises. Along with HbA1c levels, other factors such as heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels had also significantly improved. These exercises also help improve bodily movement, improved posture and lowered the risk of injuries due to falling. Consult your physiotherapist before taking up water exercising. Also, people who have Diabetes-related complications such as diabetic neuropathy should consult a foot care specialist before doing the exercise.

Source: Journal of Gerontology

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