Hydrotherapy is one of the most effective and therapeutic ways to exercise and rehabilitate from an injury in a cool and relaxing atmosphere.
The water’s buoyancy decreases the load which passes through weight-bearing joints by up to 90%, allowing for more activities and movement with less stress and bearing on the joints.
Exercising in water can be just as intense as an on-land workout, without the physical impact on our bodies.
Bringing your workout or rehab session into the pool has an array of health and therapeutic benefits. These include:
Improving muscular strength, stability and balance.
The resistance of the water challenges your body’s strength and stability through a natural, constant resistance. Studies have shown significant gains in strength, flexibly and agility after 12 weeks of regular aquatic exercises.
Relief from pain, swelling and muscle tension.
The warmth and support of the water helps to stimulate blood circulation, reduce muscle...
A beautiful day for a early Spring Run in Lakes Park, Fort Myers! Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
You hit the ground running.
Running five times a week.
You’re feeling good and setting new personal bests along the way.
Then it happens …
After a few weeks, you start to notice that little niggle has developed into an ache in your shin, or a stabbing pain in your knee or burning at the back of your heel.
It’s upsetting, even common, but it can be fixed.
When diagnosing this pain, it’s important to acknowledging that you aren’t in pain because you’re running, it’s how you are running.
When starting any new activity, you should gradually ease into it. Every structure within your body has a specific capacity to resist stress and load.
When too much stress is applied without enough time for your body to adapt, pain will occur. As running is essentially repeating the same movement over and...
A beautiful Florida winter early evening run in Lakes Park, Fort Myers, Florida. Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
There are so many misconceptions surrounding exercise and the best ways to lose fat.
Some you may know and some may be new.
Let’s debunk these myths once and for all...
Myth #1 — You can spot reduce fat from certain body parts.
Spot reducing fat from your stomach or thighs, for example, is impossible. The concept of targeted fat loss or spot reduction is false.
The best way to explain this is to understand that the only thing exercises target are muscles, not the fat that is covering those muscles.
The only way to lose fat in a specific area is to lose overall body fat.
Myth #2 — Doing loads of cardio is the best way to lose fat.
If your goal is fat loss, doing cardio for hours a day isn’t the best way to achieve it.
Yes, cardio workouts will help increase your calorie deficit but the most effective way to burn fat, increase your...
Enjoy exercising with family & friends by pedaling in the new Swan Paddle Boats in Lakes Park (January 2023)! Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
If you’ve experienced a bad injury, you know how frustrating it can be to not be able to work out.
This is especially true when training for an event. There is also a lot of conflicting information about what to do and when.
Let’s clear up the confusion.
In the first few days after an acute injury, the body will go through the the first stage of healing, the inflammatory stage.
If you’ve had a sprain or strain in the past, you might remember the first 3 or 4 days are usually the worst in terms of pain, stiffness and swelling.
To protect the injured tissue from further damage and avoid any subsequent bleeding, the advice is to avoid ‘HARM’ for 72 hours.
The acronym HARM stands for:
Heat: Avoid any heat packs, prolonged hot showers or hot baths.
Alcohol: The less the...