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Make a Splash with a Water Workout

Use water as your medium for an effective workout and you'll be joining a diverse group of young and old, male and female, beginners and professional athletes alike who are all wet when exercising.

Range of goals

Pregnant women, teenagers, and baby boomers take classes to get in shape, cross-train, or train for a specific sporting event. In fact, people who are at many different levels of fitness can be in the same class; the advanced participants simply do more repetitions or use equipment that increases resistance.

Water exercises can use a range of equipment to increase the challenge and difficulty of a basic workout, including flotation belts, water weights, foam noodles, and webbed gloves.

Work it out

Although many people enjoy water aerobics classes, you don't have to be in a group to work out. You can go solo by walking forward and backward in the pool or doing jumping jacks and other aerobics moves.

When exercising in the water, follow these pool rules:

  • Exercise in navel- to chest-deep water.

  • Keep your abdominal and gluteal muscles tight and your spine neutral, with your hips slightly forward and your back straight, but not arched.

  • Wear water shoes for better traction and to protect your feet from rough pool surfaces.

  • Work at your own level.

  • Always warm up before and cool down after your workout.

  • Add equipment, such as weights or water gloves, water paddles, or aquatic hand buoys if the exercise is too easy. Because of the water’s resistance, traditional weight-lifting exercises, such as bicep curls, triceps extensions, and chest presses are more challenging in the pool.

Online Medical Reviewer: Haines, Cynthia, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Moloney Johns, Amanda, PA-C, MPAS, BBA
Last Review Date: 2/17/2013
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