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Pools Offer Fitness, Relief for Older Adults

from Chicago Tribune

This article includes research published in ACSM’s flagship journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. ACSM is part of the initiative “Pool Safely,” in partnership with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

While drinking plenty of water is critical to life, health and healing, simply submerging your body in water (i.e., a pool) opens up opportunities for relief and fitness for those who otherwise may have difficulty exercising.

This is especially important for aging adults and those with chronic conditions, said Chicago physical therapist Marc Gregory Guillen.

"When our bodies are submerged in water, such as in a pool, we become lighter," said Dr. Guillen, owner of Free Body Physical Therapy & Wellness in East Humboldt Park / Wicker Park. "This, coupled with the natural resistance water places on movement, makes water exercise ideal for many people who deal with issues related to strength, flexibility, balance, sore joints, pain, and even chronic conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis." more

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