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Exercises for Weight Control

Water Workouts (non-weight-bearing)

Exercising in water helps you feel:

Flexible.  
You can bend and move your body in water in ways you can’t on land.

Strong.  
Working against the water will help your body get stronger.

At less risk of injury.  
Water makes your body float. This keeps your joints from being pounded or jarred and helps prevent sore muscles and injury.

Refreshed.  
You can keep cooler in water—even when you are working hard.

You don’t need to know how to swim to work out in water—you can do shallow-water or deep-water exercises without swimming.

For shallow-water exercise, the water level should be between your waist and your chest. If the water is too shallow, it will be hard to move your arms underwater. If the water is deeper than chest height, it will be hard to keep your feet touching the pool bottom.

For deep-water exercise, most of your body is underwater. This means that your whole body will get a good workout. For safety and comfort, wear a foam belt or life jacket.

Source: National Institutes of Health

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