Water Exercise: Power in Resistance (cont.)
Choosing Your Workout: Go Solo or Join a Class
You don't have to memorize a complicated routine to get a good pool workout. Most YMCAs or health clubs with pools offer some sort of aquatic exercise class nowadays, says Sanders. Some focus on endurance, some on strength, and some on moves that will help you in your specific sport.
Water walking or running, however, are both things that anyone can effectively do alone. If you're going to be running in the deep end, all you need is your own bright blue flotation belt; for walking, a pair of nonslip shoes or old tennis shoes can help you grip the bottom of the pool. (Of course, if you haven't been exercising regularly, you should get your doctor's approval before you start.) For more tips on proper water walking and running techniques, see Wet Workout Basics.).
As for me, I'm back to being a landlubber -- most of the time. But whenever my back acts up, or I need a change of pace, I'm back in the water in a flash. I've gotten my money's worth out of my big blue belt and, summer-camp indignities aside, I've made peace with the water. I think I've finally graduated from guppy to dolphin.
Elizabeth B. Krieger is an associate editor at WebMD.
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