“Anyone can train hard. Do you have the discipline to recover?”
Whenever a client complains of soreness after a tough workout, my go to line is always “Get in the pool!”
Active recovery in the water is one of the best ways to reduce muscle soreness and stiffness. The hydrostatic pressure can help reduce swelling by promoting circulation.
Exercising in the pool is unique in that water assists, supports, and resists.
Water assists movements to improve flexibility. Many clients can do exercises to stretch muscles in the pool that they cannot do on land. Even better if the water is 88+ degrees!
Buoyancy of the water and the strength of your core allow you to perform exercises in the deep end with minimal impact on the joints. Exercising in a non-weight bearing environment helps reduce pain while focusing on active recovery.
Not only does the water help to improve flexibility and reduce pain, resistance in all directions helps to develop strength. Increase resistance by adding equipment like ankle cuffs, resistance gloves, and long tubing.
[Related Posts: Recovery Tip #1: Ice Baths & Recovery Tip #2: Foam Roll]
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