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L-W-O Community

For those living with Primary, Secondary & Paediatric Lymphoedema Online & in the Community

Aqua Aerobics

Aqua Aerobics is not only a wonderful way of doing a workout it can become a social occasion and therefore not only good for your physical health but good for your mental health.  Working out in the water puts less stress on your joints and muscles and helps build strength.  The water helps support your body, therefore, helps you move better, and you are not overheating and likely to exercise for longer.

For a class in your area contact your local leisure centre or put your postcode in:  Aqua Aerobics

Aqua Aerobics - Swimming - Water Activities


Swimming is very good for your lymphoedema, please make sure when you leave the pool:

  • shower thoroughly to remove all the chlorine from your skin. 
  • dry yourself thoroughly. 
  • put on your compression as soon as you can after leaving the pool.   
  • moisturise your skin as soon as possible. 
  • protect your feet, in the pool, poolside, changing areas.  A slither of glass that the eye cannot see can cause serious damage. 
  • keep you feet covered, this will reduce the risk of fungal infections like athlete's foot.
  • make sure you carry a tube of antiseptic cream in case of emergencies.

Your limb in water is supported and it is not necessary to wear your garment.  Breast stroke is a good gentle exercise.  Start your exercise slowly and build your strength each time you go.

Aqua exercises build slowly, keeping your limb in the water for support.  Using floats you can build resistance.

Listen to your body it will tell you if your are overdoing things

This page was formerly called exercise and first published in July 2014

The page was re-named 20th July 2018 to Get Moving

On social media L-W-O Community uses the hashtag #getmoving

Page last updated 31/03/2021