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Water Workouts a Great Alternative: Study

Water Exercise

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  • Working out in water can give you just as intense a workout as doing so on land, new research revealed
  • Benefits of water workouts include increased flexibility, less wear and tear on your body and built-in resistance training
  • When you exercise in water, your heart rate will be lower than on land, even if you’re exercising very strenuously, so you need to listen to your body, not rely on heart rate, to gauge when you’ve had enough
  • Water exercise will also dramatically lower stress on injured joints and allow you to decrease your risk of joint injuries
  • The ideal water to use would be ocean water, which will not only ground you but is also free from chlorine, fluoride and disinfection byproducts of chlorine (DBPs), which are 1,000 times more toxic than chlorine
  • Swimming pools typically contain chlorine, and along with it, disinfection byproducts (DBPs), which have been linked to cancer and respiratory effects; working out in a non-chlorinated pool, ocean or other natural body of water may be preferable to a chlorinated pool

By Dr. Mercola

If you're tired of your workout routine and want a change of pace, moving your workout to the water may offer some unique benefits.

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