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Fitness Keeping in Shape While Enjoying the Water

In addition to the soothing feeling of being in or on the water or pool, water-related exercises have many health benefits. According to , the buoyancy of water enables people to exercise longer without stressing their bones, muscles, and hearts, so they can burn more calories. Pool exercises can be adjusted for anyone from beginners or people with physical challenges to very fit athletes, while paddle boarding and paddling a canoe or kayak require special skills. Aquatic exercises can be performed in an outdoor pool in the warmer months or in an indoor pool year round. Aquatic exercises should begin with a warmup of striding and a cool-down of stretching. What happens in between can include many of the same exercises performed on dry land without swimming prowess. KICKBOXING in the water makes it easier to maintain your balance. Resis- tance training can be done in the water without equipment. Interval training lets you jog and sprint through the water at a higher intensity than you could on land. Health experts at also recommend other pool exercises, such as snake walk, mountain climbing, butterfly, pushups, sit-ups, and wall squats.

Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5.7 million people in America? It is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and by 2050, it is projected that one American will be diagnosed with the disease every 33 seconds. Alzheimers typically affects those over 70 years of age but current statistics show that 200,000 people under the age of 65 have early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Currently there is no cure, prevention or treatment to modify the disease – which is why pre- vention is so important! For those reasons, Maria Shriver— award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and daughter of someone stricken with the disease—created the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. Now Shriver is teaming with the brain exercise platform BrainHQ to provide a tool to improve cognitive health for women. As she said, “Stretching, train- ing and challenging your brain is just as important as stretching, training and challenging your body.” A recent Dr. Oz program offered three perspectives on Alzheimer’s. Dr. Richard Isaacson, director of the Alz- heimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill...

PADDLE BOARDING is another water-based exercise that is especially good for developing your core. It should progress from a lying down to a standing position, starting in an area with calm water and wind for maintaining balance. Hold the paddle like a canoe paddle with one hand on the grip on top and the other hand near the middle. For best range of motion, keep your arms straight. Maneuver down and back, and switch sides often to stay straight. CANOEING AND KAYAKING can boost flexibility, strength, and overall fitness. A canoe is an open vessel, and a kayak is enclosed. Both can be fitted with special equipment to make this low-impact form of exercise anything from a gentle ride down a river to a more athletic sprint race. The water is a place to meditate, play, and stay fit while staying cool. Go ahead and get in!

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