Aquatic exercise is unique from traditional land exercise in that it can provide training in various fitness components, such as strength and cardiovascular training, with a minimal risk of injury. Depending on the depth of the water, the body is significantly less weight bearing than it is on land, which can reduce joint stress, decrease exercise intensity, and decrease the overall workload that the body experiences.
Anna Luu, B.A.
Recreational Therapist Expert
Anna completed her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario, and has also obtained an Honours Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation from Georgian College.Additionally, Anna is certified with Water Art and is a seniors land fitness and water fitness instructor.
Through her years of work experience and training, Anna has gained experience working with youth, adults and seniors in a variety of settings including in the home, at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, providing seniors services in Toronto Community Housing, Amica Retirement Residence, Vermont Square Long-Term Care, and Mackenzie Health Richmond Hill.
Anna has also worked with individuals with various disabilities including Williams Syndrome, depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, Alzheimers disease, aphasia, partial paralysis, and Parkinson’s disease.
Posts by Anna Luu
Question: Hello, My father is 77 and starting to show signs of slowing down physically. He has had both his knees replaced and has slowly built some strength back. What are some basic exercises you would recommend so that he can keep building strength and keep active. I’m afraid he will end up getting lazy […]
Exercises for an older adult population must be adapted, and many things must be considered such as what medication are you on, what medical condition do you have, can you stand, for how long, how is your balance, have you had a hip replacement, have you…
If you had asked me ten years ago what I thought of adults playing video games, I would have responded with “not in this lifetime.” At that time, it was normal to see kids sitting in front of their televisions with handheld controllers maneuvering various characters through levels of varying degrees of difficulty.
As a recreation therapist, our primary goal is to teach individuals different ways they can enjoy their leisure time and to improve their cognitive, physical, emotional and social skills. Water therapy is an excellent way for…