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Exercising in Water

Have you ever considered including water fitness into your exercise routine? This can be a great way to increase strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health. Plus, during the months of summer heat, what is a better way to keep cool?

Water has great properties; one of the best for working out is its resistance power. You can work opposing muscles at the same time. For example, if you are doing curls underwater, pulling up will work the biceps, while pushing down will build up the triceps.

Another great feature about water is its buoyancy, which is simply the tendency or capacity to remain afloat in a liquid. It reduces your weight, therefore putting significantly less stress on your joints, bones and muscles. Compared to other exercises such as running, there is no impact on any of your joints. It is estimated that body weight is compounded up to five times during the heel strike when running or jogging. This is avoided in water. Water fitness requires use of your core as well, that is, utilizing your back, abdominals and obliques. This muscle group is often ignored during other exercises.

There are many ways to get fit and stay cool in the water. Most obviously, perhaps, would be to swim laps or tread water. But you can also jog in the water. Additionally, there is a variety of products available that can increase the resistance in your workout, including buoyancy belts and dumbbells, gloves and noodles. You can actually lift weights underwater.

While exercising in water is totally different from exercise on land, your approach to water exercise should be the same. Continue to warm up and stretch before you start the workout. Maintain the same amount of repetitions you would for exercises out of the water. Also, continue to mix up the exercises you do. Your body needs a variety of exercises, regardless if it’s on land or in water.

Another bonus to water exercise is its usefulness during special circumstances. Ask any professional athlete and they will tell you water exercise is essential when dealing with an injury. It allows you to continue exercising without putting any stress on your injury, thanks to its buoyancy discussed earlier. Also, because your body is supported by water your heart rate is slightly lower, meaning aquatic therapy is relatively safe for obese individuals, pregnant ladies and those suffering from hypertension and heart disease.

Exercising in the water is easy, but for obvious safety reasons it should never be done alone. It’s easy to find someone to exercise with though. Look into classes at your local health club. If none are available or fit your tastes, just grab a buddy and find a pool. When summer ends, you don’t have to stop including water fitness as part of your workout routine. Find an indoor pool and keep going. Have fun enjoying the benefits of a refreshing workout.

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Member Comments

I sure miss this class. Report
I love exercising in water but my friend whom I ride with doesn't like waiting for me while I take my shower.
She doesn't get in pool. Report
I wish I had a pool. Report
I've been utilizing our Rec Center pool for almost 4 years - thanks to Silver Sneakers. You can have as much or little interactions with others and choose to do classes or customize your own routine. I'm just recovering from surgery, so could not go to the pool, but will start again soon. Yeah!!!!! Report
I don't take advantage of this form of exercise. Report
Thanks for sharing. Report
Starting an aqua-exercise class this week. I hope it works out well and that it will be fun as well as beneficial . Report
GREAT Report
I miss my aerobics class in water. Something at my gym happened to our pool and no one seems to know what it is. Report
I love to exercise in water! Report
Great article Report
Love it! Even joined a SP team for it. Report
Love water, good on the joints and can be fun. Report
I just got back from water aerobics and also did some lap swimming. I love it. I've been doing this since June of this Year and it has changed my life. I have energy on my days off from dyalisis. I do recommend it highly to anyone. Report
I use to go the the local YMCA and do water aerobics 3 times a week. It was a great low impact way to exercise and helped greatly with my back pain. I would also do some swimming while I was there too! Unfortunately, where we have moved to there is no local YMCA with a pool so that I could continue and I have really noticed a big difference. I just keep hoping that the local YMCA will add an indoor pool. Report
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Liz Noelcke
Liz Noelcke
Liz is a journalist who often writes about health and fitness topics.