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How to Get the Most of Your Water Aerobics Workout

While water aerobics differs from a traditional workout in form, function and fashion, there is one thing that remains the same.

You get out of it what you put into it.

The temptation with a water-based program can be to "take it easy" because there isn't sweat running down your back and the instructor seems more mellow than the over-enthused young woman who runs the spinning class.

But the truth is, slacking off leads to poor results.

Here are a few points to help make sure you get the most from your aqua aerobics workout.

  • Make sure you're having fun. If you're not, try a different class or working out alone.
  • Make sure you're comfortable. This means wearing the right kind of swimsuit. There is no hard and fast rule for what is right to wear— racerback, cross back, one piece, athletic, the type of swimwear doesn't matter as long as you are comfortable moving in it. If you can't move, you can't work out.
  • Make sure you're giving it your all. If the instructor says to raise your hands or move forward or spin around, do it, and don't stop doing it until you're told to do so. If you're on your own, make sure to set goals and don't just float around. Floating in the water is only slightly better than floating on top of the couch.
  • Focus on what you're doing, be comfortable, have fun, and you'll get the most out of your session.
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