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Body ActifLynda Keane Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine is an Aquatic Specialist with over 26 years expertise in the fitness industry. 

She has a degree in Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention, and a Masters Degree in Soft Tissue Therapy and Exercise Rehabilitation. Lynda writes and presents specialist aquatic workshops for the UK and internationally as well as guest lecturing at Middlesex University on aquatic rehabilitation. She is a co-owner and director of research and education for AREA an aquatic education and training company that she runs with her daughter Haylley Pittam and is the creator of the AquaStretch™ UK training course a highly accredited aquatic therapy technique in the UK and USA


haylleyHaylley Pittam has over 15 year’s expertise in the health & fitness industry working as a personal trainer, gp referral consultant and vibration training specialist, Her areas of expertise include obesity, diabetes and multiple sclerosis as well as being an aquatic fitness Instructor. In addition Haylley teaches swimming and aqua aerobics to elite and recreational athletes. She is as happy teaching 1:1 or group exercise and combines her unique style and enthusiasm to make training both varied and fun. Haylley is also an aquatic master trainer and tutor for Hydro-Actif, the UKs leading aquatic training provider and has delivered her unique style of training internationally.

Haylley has written and delivers the foundation and special population’s vibrogym training course which is REPs accredited.

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Obesity & Hypermobility
How Two Become One

Hypermobility is the term used to describe the ability to move joints beyond their normal range of movement (ROM) and is often misdiagnosed, unrecognised and poorly managed. It is a multi systemic Hereditary Connective Tissue Disorder (NHS. 2014). Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health (WHO 2014). It is possible both conditions can be present in one individual.

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Quick Facts

Exercising in water is easier on the joints

Although the water provides greater resistance, it also cushions your joints so you don’t experience the pounding during water exercise that you might experience on dry land. When you are submerged in chest deep water 75% of body weight is buoyant. People who cannot do jumping or jogging movements in land exercises are usually able to do them in water. 

Cardio Endurance

Pool workouts are a great way to build up cardio endurance. When in cooler water, the blood moves through the body at a faster rate to warm it up. When coupled with an aerobic program the result is an improved cardiovascular performance over time. 

Soft Environment

Unlike many exercises, the pool provides a “soft” environment for workouts. Not only do you not have to worry about falling, as the water supports the body in every position, but the water also helps alleviate the feelings of fatigue because it’s supporting so much of the body’s weight.