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News from Mission Valley Aquatics and Fitness 

POLSON – Are you drowning in boredom from the same old workout routine? If you need a change, moving your workout to the water may renew your enthusiasm and drive, while at the same time providing some unique health benefits.

You might think you could not possibly get as intense of a workout in water, but that is absolutely not true. Due to the resistance of the water, it just seems like you can’t work as hard, but in reality, you are. In fact, you may be working harder. The water acts as a form of built-in resistance, as if you’ve surrounded your body with weights, making it simple to increase the intensity of your workout and challenge muscles that are harder to engage on land. Also, because water lessens the effects of gravity, you’re able to move your body through a wider range of motion, which improves flexibility. Even your lungs get a beneficial workout because the water pressure makes them work harder than they would on land.

Because it’s low-impact and easily tailored to your fitness level, anyone can benefit from water exercise, regardless of age or agility. If you’re overweight or obese, elderly, have arthritis, osteoporosis, joint pain, or an injury that makes land-based weight-bearing exercise difficult or painful, water may be an excellent choice. Swimming or walking in water reduces the pressure on your back and knees because in water you are buoyant.

Exercising in water builds cardiovascular stamina, strength and flexibility; helps burn body fat, increases circulation, and can help you rehabilitate healing muscles and joints. Research shows that people who water exercise can burn as much body fat and build as much muscle as those who engage in land-based exercise programs. Water exercise is also beneficial for people with chronic illnesses, disabilities and psychological disorders. 

It is, however, worth keeping in mind that, should you decide to incorporate water exercise, it is important to maintain some of your land-based workouts as well, because weight-bearing exercise is important for preventing bone loss and osteoporosis.  We are moving into summer though, and on a hot day, water exercise is an ideal choice as water naturally cools your body.

Mission Valley Aquatics and Fitness offers several options for water exercise, including water aerobics, aqua therapy and aqua-fit. Classes are offered throughout the day, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 pm. For information on times, class descriptions and price, please visit our website at or come on up to the pool.


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