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Benefits From Exercising in Your Pool
Water is one of the best fitness tools there is. Here are some of the ways aquatic workouts help:
They provide resistance which strengthens muscles and boosts cardio intensity.
Water supports some of your weight making workouts easier on joints and reducing the chances for an injury, especially if you're overweight and out-of-shape. "Working out in water is very safe because no joints or bones are forced to bear too heavy a load," says Andrew Jones, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon in Chapel Hill, N.C.
You may heal faster doctors often recommend aquatic exercises for people with joint injuries or infections, or who've had surgery, as a way to stay fit and shorten recovery time.
You could get relief from symptoms of chronic conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia and arthritis.
A pool workout gives you "better balance, agility and endurance which is a great confidence boost for anyone who has shied away from exercise in the past," says clinical exercise physiologist Mary Sanders, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno.
Pool exercises are great fat-burners "You can burn a higher level of calories in a shorter time in the pool," says Sanders.
Working out in the water doesn't feel much like work "It's impossible not to smile as you jump into a pool — and enjoying your workout is the best way to make sure you'll stick with it," Sanders says.
To get the most of your water workout, follow these tips:
Don't go in deeper than waist-high That way your feet will have good contact with the pool floor and your leg muscles will be able to support some of your weight.
Wear water shoes to improve traction and webbed gloves (usually made of Neoprene with webbing between the fingers) to add resistance and intensity to arm movements, Sanders suggests. Both can be found at sporting-goods stores and online.
Drink lots of water during and after your workout: "You can get dehydrated in the pool as easily as you can on land," she says.
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