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STORIES FROM THE POOL

Dorothy, in Massachusetts

"As soon as I discovered OxyFloats, I … petitioned the YMCA Cape Cod for reasonable accommodations. I now use and highly recommend OxyFloats. It has allowed me to safely return to my happy place!"

Donna, in South Carolina

"I am happy to get in the water again!"

Gloria, in Florida

"It is great being able to get back in the pool. I live in Florida and the heat can be overwhelming."

Effectiveness of low-intensity aquatic exercise on COPD: A randomized clinical trial

Despite the growing number of studies reporting therapeutic success in water environments, research involving aquatic exercise among patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is scarce. This study evaluates the impact of low-intensity water and floor exercises on COPD.

Results show that both forms of low-intensity physical exercise benefit patients with moderate and very severe COPD. The Aquatic Group exhibited additional benefits in physical ability, indicating a new therapeutic modality targeting patients with COPD.

Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry number 308168.

WATER WORKOUTS: LESS PAIN, MORE GAIN

An Australian study shows that aquatic exercise builds more endurance and decreases fatigue and shortness of breath more substantially … than land exercise. At the end of the study, when each group was asked to perform a walking test to measure endurance, members of the water group could walk 118% farther than they could at the start of the study, on average. Also, the people who had been exercising in a pool saw a 9% decrease in shortness of breath and a 13% decrease in fatigue by the end of the study.

Source: Renae McNamara, BAppSc (Phty), University of Sydney and Prince of Wales Hospital, New South Wales, Australia. Date: December 25, 2012 Publication: Bottom Line Health 

COPD: Exercise & Activity

Cardiovascular or aerobic: Steady physical activity using large muscle groups. This type of exercise strengthens the heart and lungs, and improves the body's ability to use oxygen. Over time, aerobic exercise can help decrease your heart rate and blood pressure, and improve your breathing (since your heart won't have to work as hard during exercise). Aerobic exercises include: walking, jogging, jumping rope, bicycling (stationary or outdoor), cross-country skiing, skating, rowing, and low-impact aerobics or water aerobics.

References: American Lung Association. Lung Disease: COPD. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). 

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THE WORD ON THE STREET

"OxyFloats is revolutionary. People on supplemental oxygen tend to reduce their movement, their exercise and feel stuck on the couch. OxyFloats gives these people the freedom to easily do aqua-therapy, water-walking and enjoy light recreation with their family." 

Christine Epperson ACE Certified Personal Trainer Aqua Exercise Certified

"This invention is brilliant!"

Marcus USPTO Agent

"OxyFloats offers a brand new opportunity for people with respiratory issues to participate in our pool wellness activities. It's a fantastic addition to our comprehensive wellness program!" 

Barbara Miller Health & Wellness Director

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