According to The Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis pain. The Center for Disease Control reports that arthritis is a term used to describe more than 100 different conditions that affect joints and other parts of the body. The CDC states that arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems and the nation’s leading cause of disability. One out of five adults in the United States reports having doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Plus, as the population ages, the number of U.S. adults with arthritis is projected to increase to 64.9 million by 2030 (see Lethbridge – National Health Interview Survey, 2002. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 2004; 10; 222).
Water – especially warm water – is a safe, ideal medium for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. That’s why the Arthritis Foundation created a program, based on water immersion, which not only relieves stiff joints and associated pain, but keeps them moving, increasing their range of motion and maintaining or building muscle strength.
The Arthritis Foundation points out that moderate physical activity can improve your health without hurting your joints. And when that activity takes place in the inviting environment of warm water, any excess strain on your joints and muscles is greatly reduced.
With the Aquatic Fitness System, you not only receive the numerous benefits associated with buoyancy and warm water–you also receive the therapeutic massaging effects provided by strategically placed adjustable massaging jets.
Plus with the AquaFIT solution, you can set the water to whatever temperature you prefer. You decide when “the pool” is open and how the water is maintained. And you choose the kind of workout you want, from super-gentle to super-intensive, to anything in-between—it’s all under your control.
Please consult your family doctor before beginning an exercise program.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in any given year, almost 10 percent of the population, or about 31 million American adults, suffer from a depressive illness. The economic cost for the disorder is high, but the cost in human suffering can’t be estimated. Depressive illnesses often interfere with normal functioning and cause pain and suffering not only to those with the disorder but also to family, friends and co-workers.
Most people with a depressive illness don’t seek treatment although the great majority can be helped through medications and/or psychological assistance such as cognitive/behavioral therapy.
But exercise, like in a swim spa can help as well. One of the best sources for scientific literature on how exercise can positively impact one’s mental health is called “The Influence of Exercise on Mental Health” by Dr. Daniel M. Landers, PhD in Exercise Science and Physical Education, Arizona State University, originally published in the Research Digest as Series 2, Number 12, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Here is Dr. Landers’ key conclusion from his review of the massive scientific literature on the topic of exercise and mental health:
“There is now ample evidence that a definite relationship exists between exercise and improved mental health. This is particularly evident in the case of a reduction of anxiety and depression.”
An AquaFit exercise spa is one way to stimulate overall mental wellness.
Getting enough sleep is vital to our overall health and well-being. Nevertheless, millions of people either do not get enough sleep or suffer from sleep-related problems.
Surveys conducted by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health and safety through sleep-related research, reveal that 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems at least a few nights a week. In addition, the NSF says that more than 40 percent of adults report daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities at least a few days per month. It further states that millions of people struggle to stay alert at home, in school, on the job and on the road. Tragically, the NSF claims that more than 100,000 police-reported highway crashes, causing 71,000 injuries and 1,500 deaths each year in the United States alone, are attributed to sleep deprivation.
The NSF states that exercise can be an aid for good sleep, especially when done regularly. It also says that people who exercise may take less time to fall asleep than people who don’t. Some studies, the NSF reports, suggest that soaking in hot water (such as a hot tub or bath) before hitting the pillow can ease the transition into deeper sleep. Researchers say that this may be due to the body’s “temperature shift,” the period when a person’s core body temperature automatically drops after leaving a source of warm or hot water. They believe this may signal the body that it’s time to fall asleep. Water is also thought to promote sleep through the inherently relaxing properties of buoyancy, which relieves pressure on joints and muscles and creates the sensation of weightlessness.
However water may help induce sleep, the process and outcome represents a natural remedy, unlike the use (or overuse) of sleeping aids such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and/or alcohol – all which can make you feel groggy, give you headaches or have other adverse side effects.
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