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How to Use Water in a Workout

By Genevieve Cunningham

Working out should be a regular part of your life. We need exercise in order to stay healthy and to feel like our best selves. But sometimes the same old exercises can get boring. If this is happening to you, maybe it's time to change it up. If you're looking for a new way to change up your workout, take a look at how you can use water to make your workout more fun and still challenging.

For Resistance

Water can work really well as resistance. Grab water weights or even a simple pool noodle, and get into water that is about chest deep. Now use your noodle to do bicep curls, rows, or other exercises under the water. The water provides more resistance so that you're getting in a bit of a weight workout without ever hitting the weight room.

For Gentle Movement

Some people may need to make their workout a bit more gentle. Maybe they are exceptionally sore or they have pain in their joints. For these people, the water can be an excellent resource. Get in the water for an aerobics class. Take a quick swim down the pool and back. The water helps to relax the body and can ease pain from the joints and muscles. If you need something gentle on the body, water can be a great place to begin.

For Relaxation

Water is relaxing. When you get in the water and float or swim gently, it really soothes the body and mind. And the honest truth is that with any workout, relaxation is an important part. You need some time for your body to recuperate. This is when you'll make the most gains, as your body needs that time to heal itself and then to grow. Don't be afraid to use the water as a time to relax and rest. You may find that using the water in this way helps you make serious fitness gains in less time.

Water can be an excellent resource in your workout arsenal. Find a local pool, and use it regularly. It might be a great way to change up your workout while still challenging the body and mind. Use these tips to use water properly, and you may find your health making positive changes before you know it.

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

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