Why You Should Continue Exercising and Moving, Even in Summer
Regular exercise and movement are key parts of lymphedema and lipedema treatment. They improve the lymphatic flow, support a stable weight, and lift the mood. Exercise is important for staying fit and healthy throughout the year but presents some challenges on hot days. If possible, train early in the morning or after sunset when temperatures may be cooler. Listen to your body and adapt your program accordingly.
Why Swimming Is Beneficial, Regardless of Your Fitness Level
Whether you’re an experienced swimmer or just getting started, swimming has several benefits beyond improving your fitness.
- Full body workout: Swimming provides a more effective workout than many other endurance sports. It stimulates the complete cardiovascular system and trains all the muscle groups of the upper and lower body. And it does this without putting stress on the joints or spine.
- Relaxing: Being in the water has many benefits for your mental well-being, too. Regular swimming can reduce anxiety and lower stress levels. It is also relaxing which can result in better sleep. Swimming relieves tension in the muscles of your neck, shoulder, and back, similar to a massage.
- Exercising without sweating: No matter how long you swim or how demanding your training is, as long as the water is cool, you’ll never feel sweaty.
Why Swimming Is Especially Good When You Are Treated for Lymphedema or Lipedema
Still not convinced? Well, swimming and other water-based exercise are also perfect if you suffer from lymphedema or lipedema. Here’s why:
- Natural compression: Hydrostatic pressure from the water exerts compression on your body, improving the lymphatic flow and your symptoms. This also means that you don’t have to wear compression garments when exercising in water.
- Ease of movement: You feel lighter and more flexible when moving in water as you only have to carry 1/10 of your regular body weight.
- Versatile: If you’re not into classic swimming, there are many other water-based options for you to choose from: you can do aqua jogging, perform exercises with a pool noodle, or even train with weights while being in the water.
Before you get started, talk to your healthcare professional to find out if there’s anything you should keep in mind when you’re in the water. If you’re not an experienced swimmer, swimming lessons are a great way to get started, improve your technique, and build your confidence. Moreover, this is also a nice opportunity to meet new people to exercise together, and stay motivated, even in summer.
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