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I Love my Arthritis' Students

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

I teach two Aqua Arthritis classes per week in a therapy (warm water) pool on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at a beautiful Health and Fitness center in Michigan. I have been teaching, or educating students of the benefit of water walking, how performing this activity can help improve balance and range of motion. My class format is typically a Continuous Training Class meaning participants walk 70 to 75 percent throughout the workout.

Often, I have students whom were recommended by a Physical Therapy Doctor encouraging them to continue their therapy in a pool environment. Some students are very frightened, or simply terrified of being in the water which is why I evaluate each new student to my classes, inquiring “What do you expect to get out of this class”?

• How comfortable are you with being in the water?
• What your fitness level (day-to-day activities)?
• What are your problem areas? (hip/knee replacement)

Each week I create a Weekly Progress Report and email this to my students listing areas of improvements, new students, students under the weather or students that have not been to class in two weeks. I make every attempt to foster camaraderie amongst my students.

I even present them with a Certificate of Accomplishments! Oh, by the way, did I mention that I just love my Arthritis Students! emoticon
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    You sound like an awesome teacher! I wish you lived here in Sanford, FL - I'll bet we'd be great friends! emoticon
    1583 days ago
    how wonderful is this!!! i am in the pool every day weather allows. (yes i go in in the rain, just not the lightening) its the ONLY place i dont hurt, or rather the pain is tolerable. i get my 10k steps in "pool walking". the only part of fall i dont like is having to close the pool...
    1713 days ago
    You sound like a wonderful teacher and enjoy it . emoticon
    1743 days ago
    How awesome! It sounds like you are a wonderful teacher!
    1744 days ago
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