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You May Be All Wet, But Healthy

By Tom Herrin

As people gear up again for vacations and time together with family and friends, getting in a little better shape is pretty important.  It is hard to enjoy outings without the physical ability to do so. Many people become stagnant and, even though they have the best intentions, get in considerably bad shape for stretches of time.  Almost everyone has to restart themselves from time to time. Finding that new way of doing so can be a challenge. Particularly as warmer temperatures appear, there is a great opportunity for people to exercise in the water.  It is not that difficult and can do some good things for the body.

It Can Build Strength and Endurance

Exercising in the water can be very productive.  The resistance of the water has been said to be as much as 42 times that of air.  Almost any kind of movement in that kind of resistance is sure to increase muscle strength.  As people spend any time moving, there will be some endurance developed as well. The fact that buoyancy prevents people having to fight gravity means that there is no pull downward on the body.  

It Can Help the Blood Flow

When people exercise in the water, the constant movement of the water itself can help the movement of the blood throughout the body.  It is a natural process that aids circulation. This means less strain on the heart since it will not have to work as hard to move blood.  Anytime the heart can rest, less strain is placed on it, and it can do more work with less effort. This reduces blood pressure.

It Is Fun for Everyone

When you spend time in the water, you generally enjoy it.  Most of us have something that helps us to connect with it.  It is pleasant to look at and relaxing to most. Anytime you talk about going to the water, the whole family is usually excited.  Whether it is swimming or simply splashing around while playing, everybody seems to like it. Any kind of movement will create work for the body.  Who has ever spent any time in the water without feeling pretty exhausted when they get out. We all know how tired kids are after a day of swimming or playing in it.  

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


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