How Water Aerobics Can Help With Fibromyalgia Condition

The physical condition fibromyalgia is typified by aches and pains in joints, tendons and muscles. This condition was believed to be psychological rather than physiological – it has now been established that significant chemical changes occur in fibromyalgia sufferers.

Fibromyalgia is not linked to injuries, disease or poor muscle repair ability of the body. Sufferers also do not face greater risk for types of musculoskeletal diseases – the precise cause of fibromyalgia is unknown but may be as a result of stress and pain levels seem to be more evident while resting than during periods of activity.

Exercise is an excellent way to decrease pain caused by fibromyalgia and in particular aerobics which helps reduce symptoms in sufferers while improving quality of life.

Aerobic activities increase pulse and respiratory rates – activities can be walking, cycling, running, and swimming however water aerobics seems to be more beneficial for fibromyalgia sufferers than other exercise types.

Aerobics increases muscle strength, decreases morning muscle stiffness, reduces potential injury risks, improves sleeping patterns and decreases pain.

Water aerobics appears to add more impact and value to exercise routines as it helps cushion the joints and muscles while supporting the body and increases resistance and workload required by the muscles to gain the desired effects, also promoting better balance, reducing pain perception and helping relaxation.

Any exercise program should be approved by a doctor who knows the specific needs and medical status of the person concerned. The services of a therapist or qualified instructor should be used initially and at a later stage it may be possible to continue alone with a program in a pool at home.

Begin slowly – 20 to 30 minute sessions twice or three times a week working towards sessions of 45 to 60 minutes. Be aware of any limitations and rest if fatigue is experienced during a workout by simply relaxing in the water – don’t ignore pain and always listen to what the body is saying.

Hydration is important while swimming or doing water aerobics – sweating goes by unnoticed in a pool and warmer pools will make a person sweat more – always remember to avoid dehydration.

Numerous studies have shown that fibromyalgia sufferers benefit emotionally and physically from water aerobics. Studies in Spain (2006) and Norway (2001) found that water aerobics improved patient’s emotional well being and physical functionality (beneficial in both short and long term programs).

Water aerobics will help fibromyalgia sufferers maintain better relationships with people they have contact with such as family, friends and employers as improved emotional and physical health makes it possible. Productivity at work also increases due to fewer sick days.

Lose Weight Fast – Harvard Study Confirms That Cardio and Aerobics Are Dead?

If you are like most of us, you may be trying your gut out with long and hard workouts to lose weight fast. But did you stop to think why you have still not lost even an ounce after so many workouts?

Most of us think that doing long hard workouts are essential to lose excess fat. But you may be surprised to note that losing excess body fat is achieved just doing the opposite of arduous and tedious workouts.

A recent study at the Harvard University has proven that long cardio workouts and aerobics are no longer effective in achieving your ideal body weight; even worse they can wreck your body.

They have revealed that the key to protecting your heart is exactly the opposite of cardio. It is not endurance but intensity. They have found that the more intense the exertion, the lower the risk of heart disease.

They also found that those who performed exercises that is more vigorous and in short intervals had a lower risk of death than those who performed less vigorous long duration exercises.

Aerobics and Cardio falls under the low-intensity, long-duration exercises category, and increases your risk of heart disease and death.

They have revealed that the most effective kind of exercises to lose extra weight is the high-intense, short-duration model. You can have a intense workout for 2-3 minutes and rest for 2-3 minutes. This can be brisk walking or some thing that can make your heart beat faster and stop and rest for the same period of time.

For the start do not exert yourself too much, gradually try to increase the spells. Remember to take care, if you are having heart diseases or any other kind of disease. If this is the case; better consult your physician and get him to recommend some intense exercises that would suit your physical condition.

Even though experts used to think that cardio and aerobic exercises burnt fat during long workouts; the new finding are that it was not so. This send a message to your body that you need a reserve of fat for the next time you do long duration exercises. This self defeating cycle ensures that your body makes more fat every time you finish the long workouts. Now you may see why you did not lose fat after so many hours in the gym. Each time you burn fat by cardio and aerobic exercises you body reacts by making more.

The High Intense, Low Duration Exercises Will Last for Maximum of 15-20 Minutes. This means Your Body Has No Chance of Burning Fat During Exercises. What Really Happens is That Your Body Will Burn Carbs form the Muscle Tissues.