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Get Better Exercise with a Splash

By Tom Herrin

There is no real reason to fear the exercise that everyone needs.  Many people build up something in their mind that is bigger than the task itself.  While everyone needs exercise, everyone does not need really heavy workouts. The point is to work the muscles and achieve the maximum amount of benefit with the least amount of damage to the body.  Exercising without adequate preparation can be disastrous. The risk to joints and soft tissue can be serious. Injuries obtained early on in a workout schedule may set people back for quite a bit as they must take time out to recover and start over.  A good, safe way to begin exercising is to do so in the water.

It Can Build Endurance

For anyone who has ever tried simply walking around in the water, moving can be a pretty good workout.  The faster someone tries to walk, the more resistance they will feel. It can help to improve ability to work harder and longer.  Of course, that is basically what endurance is all about. They can set their own pace without that fear of fainting and falling, so to speak.  The buoyancy of the water helps to support the body weight.

It Can Help Reduce Blood Pressure

When people are in the water, the water itself helps the blood to flow.  This takes some of the work off of the heart, allowing it to rest. Reducing the workload of the heart and blood vessels can go a long way in enabling the cardiovascular system to function at its best.  It can be another reason that water is such a good resource when people are going through any kind of rehabilitation from injury or other physical problems.

It Is Relaxation as Well

Most people have had the experience of trying to rest and relax by either being in the water or sitting and watching it.  There is a natural tendency for stress to be relieved when you spend time around the water. Even fish aquariums can soothe people.  If you want to get some exercise and relax, spend some time in the water. You can walk around in it for exercise and recreation, then sit by the side and rest.  It can be a pretty productive combination that you likely won’t mind at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Goleta, Calif.

 

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