Saturday, May 30, 2020
Manahan Beach was quiet at 6:30 in the morning.
The weather has changed, and so has my exercise routine. When the mosquitoes are too thick for me to walk my normal route, I go walking in the water. There’s a nice breeze at the lake, and walking in the water keeps me cool.
The resistance from the water gives me a completely different workout. I start in water that's about waist-high, walk across the lake swinging my arms just as I do when walking on land. I keep my back straight and tighten my abdominal muscles to avoid leaning too far forward or to the side.
Once I get comfortable, I walk backwards and sideways too. According to the Mayo Clinic, Aquatic exercise is a low-impact activity that takes the pressure off your bones, joints and muscles. Water also offers natural resistance, which can help strengthen your muscles.
Aquatic exercise can also have several health benefits, such as improved heart health, reduced stress, and improved muscular endurance and strength. Exercising in the water can be a great way to include physical activity into your life. You can even do aquatic exercise if you don't know how to swim.
You might start with water walking. In water that's about waist-high, walk across the pool swinging your arms as you do when walking on land. Avoid walking on your tiptoes, and keep your back straight. Tighten your abdominal muscles to avoid leaning too far forward or to the side.