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Moving About in Water Can Be Good Exercise

By Tom Herrin

The contrast between air and water is pretty obvious.  When it comes to exercise, there is a dramatic difference between the resistance provided by the two.  Except for working against the wind, air provides very little resistance. Water is quite different. By its nature, water offers resistance to every move people make.  It can offer a great way to exercise without actually feeling as if it is. The natural attraction many people have to water makes it an easy way to get involved without realizing they are making a serious commitment.  That is one of the things that seems to discourage so many people from getting started.

It Can Improve Flexibility

As people age, they have a tendency to lose mobility and flexibility.  Some of this may be largely due to a lack of enough regular exercise. It may also have something to do with that fact that so many of the daily activities they do simply make them stiff.  Movement in the water can support the body as it moves through it. The pushing and pulling motions of the water can help to move the body in different directions so that it is worked without the resistance or impact that so commonly causes pain and discomfort.  It works in much the same way as having someone work those joints without the stress of the personal exercise. This is great for older individuals.

It Can Cool as People Work

There are not many exercises that fail to produce excessive heat.  It is the nature of such activity. When people exercise in water, the water can cool them as they heat up.  It can act as a bit of a built-in air conditioning system when people are just beginning a new program of activity.  This can be important to prevent excessive heating of the body.

It Can Relieve Stress

When I think about summer and vacation, doing something in and around the water always comes to mind for me.  Whether it is the beach or a waterpark, they remind me of having the opportunity to relax. It seems to be natural.  I always kept a fish aquarium in my office for the same reason. It seemed to soothe anyone who sat there for a few minutes and looked at it.  Participating in a water activity can do the same thing. If you need exercise but want to relieve stress physically and emotionally, try doing a few more things in the water.

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


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