Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - HEALTHHQ -

BEN­E­FIT: “Strength­ens glutes, which im­proves knee track­ing.” TIPS: Stand with a re­sis­tance band around your thighs. Cross your arms, bend slightly at the knees and make small steps out­wards to the side with your right foot to feel a stretch. Step your foot back to the start po­si­tion.

That’s 1 rep. Re­peat with the other foot. If you’ve got arthri­tis, it might be time to dust off your swim­ming cap. Warm wa­ter ex­er­cise, or hy­drother­apy, is one of the most com­fort­able and ef­fec­tive ways for suf­fer­ers to build strength, im­prove fit­ness, ease stiff joints and re­lax sore mus­cles. The wa­ter gives joints a break from lug­ging around your full body weight and the warmth helps them to move more eas­ily. Try laps, a one-on-one ses­sion with your physio or a wa­ter aer­o­bics class at the gym.

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