In my recent treks to the gym, perhaps because I’m a new member (I joined just prior to the New Year), I’ve been rather exploratory and experimental. I recommend you do the same.
For example, my gym has a resistance pool, which is a small pool that provides a steady stream of movement throughout the water and gives you the chance to “swim” even if you aren’t. I haven’t yet researched the best techniques within the resistance pool, but I’ve officially integrated pool time into my weekly routine — every Monday, this is what I do now, immediately followed by a relaxing soak in the hot tub.
Apparently, swimming is one of the most beneficial things people like me can do for rehab — the buoyancy of water acts as a nice force of resistance coming from all sides, at the same time kind of negating the effects of gravity, so it helps strengthen in a gentle yet challenging way.
One word of warning, though — chlorinated pools are not optimal for our health, so try to find a saltwater pool if you can, or if you’re lucky enough to have access to a magnesium pool (more on these in the future when my best friend finally writes her guest article on the benefits of magnesium for our well being and its promising therapeutic effects). At the very least, try to use a minimally chlorinated pool if you can. Or, take a dip at the beach (if you are lucky enough to be somewhere warm right now!).
To our healing,