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Swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States.  Water exercise is one of the best non-impact fitness activities around and just about anybody can participate.  It’s a great way to increase strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health while staying cool.  There is more to do in the water other than the obvious of swimming laps.  You can jog, walk, tread, dance, or take a class.  There are a variety of products that can increase the resistance in your workout such as buoyancy belts, dumbbells, gloves and noodles.

Water reduces the weight of a person by about 90%; therefore, the stress on weightbearing joints, bones and muscles is similarly reduced.  Individuals are less likely to become injured or have sore muscles when working out in the water; this does not mean you are not getting a great workout.  Water fitness also requires use of your core muscles, back and abdominals.

Water is an excellent way to get in your exercise while having fun and staying cool.  But, for obvious, safety reasons it should NEVER be done alone.

P.S. Don’t forget the sunscreen if swimming outdoors.

www.CDC.gov Center for Disease Control and Prevention                        www.ACEFitness.org  American Council on Fitness

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