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Water Exercise: take a dive into fitness

Try aquatics and take a dive into fitness
Try aquatics and take a dive into fitness
Photo by Herman Brinkman

Water exercise is not just for your kids it can be for moms too! When kids are playing in the pool they are constantly moving, running, chasing, kicking, splashing, and playing. They are actually getting a great workout and so can you!


What types of workouts are there? Some of the different types of workouts that you can try are swimming laps, water aerobics, water walking, jogging and/or running. Water exercise can be a full body workout. The water adds resistance making it a great way to strengthen the muscles in your body. You can determine your workout difficulty by the size of your movements that you make in the water. Cupping your hands, hand held paddles, or water chutes can be used to create more of a resistance in the water.

According to American Council on Exercise “the buoyancy of water reduces the weight of a person by about 90%.” Creating a workout that puts little stress on your joints, bones and muscles. Plus it is less likely that you would become injured or sore. Making it a good workout for almost anyone, pregnant women, the overweight, the elderly, people who have joint pain or are recovering from an injury.

As always you should check with your physician to make sure it is safe for you to participate in an exercise program, and don’t start off to fast to soon, take your time. Using rates of perceived exertion is generally the good way to workout in water. Because working out in water can lower your heart rate by 17 bpm you should pay attention to how you are feeling while working out. You should also drink water before, during and after your workout to remain hydrated. Take a class, feel great and enjoy the refreshing water!

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Resources:

Get into Swim of Things by American Council on Exercise

Water Aerobics, Diabetic Lifestyle.com

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