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Top 10 Tips for a Challenging Water Aerobics Workout

It's amazing how many people cringe when they hear the word "workout." Many New Year's resolutions to get in shape go unfulfilled simply because the idea of huffing away on a treadmill seems so boring. And yet, many of these same gym-phobic folks have no problem with a quick dip in the pool. With just a little imagination, it's easy to combine a great cardio routine with the swimming pool. Here's a list for getting the most from your water aerobic workout.

  • Warm up thoroughly. Even though water workouts are easier on the joints, it's important to properly stretch beforehand.
  • Wear a quality swimsuit. Look for athletic swimwear so you have proper (breast) support. The long torso or racerback swimwear styles are good.
  • Drink lots of fluids; you will dehydrate faster in water than on dry land.
  • Go slowly at first. Start with small weights and just ten repetitions. Remember, you're not competing against anyone else.
  • Focus on perfect form. The benefits of exercise are maximized this way.
  • Ask your instructor questions. If something doesn't feel right, speak up.
  • Design a workout to your needs. Are you trying to lose weight, or relieve arthritis pain? Each case requires a different regimen.
  • Keep a notebook handy to jot down your progress.
  • Hold yourself accountable to the schedule.
  • Bring music. The right tunes really help.
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