Using Water Resistance to Tone Up, Boost Your Metabolism, and Lose Weight

If you’re overweight, have joint problems or are just bored with your current workout routine, water resistance exercise may work for you. This type of exercise allows you to work out easily without the discomfort and strain on your muscles and joints that often accompanies traditional land-based exercise. Water resistance exercise is also great for boosting your metabolism for maximum energy and weight loss.

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How It Works

The natural buoyancy of water inherently lowers the effects of gravity thereby reducing the level of compression (stress) on your joints. In general, when water-based exercises are performed they create drag (or resistance). Exercising against drag promotes firm, healthy muscles and a strong core. By adding specialized equipment to the mix, you can further increase drag without undue joint stress.

Even better, a full-body water resistance exercise program can be executed continuously, without extended rest periods, as you can move from one exercise to the next without having to change equipment. Believe it or not, an exercise session lasting 20-60 minutes can lead to significant weight loss, successful weight management, and improved cardiovascular fitness and, oftentimes, you won’t even break a sweat!

What You Need

Although there are various types of water resistance exercise equipment on the market (hand buoys, water dumbbells, noodles, and balls), advanced and innovative tools known as Hydro-Tone bells and boots are becoming increasingly popular. These tools can transform something as simple and easy as walking in shallow water into an intense workout.

Hydro-Tone bells are basically handheld weights designed for upper-body exercises while the boots (worn around the lower legs and feet) are designed for lower-body exercises.

What a Typical Program Entails

With Hydro-Tone equipment, a typical exercise session might include about five exercises for the upper-body (paddle wheel, cross-country arms, karate punch and pull, lateral raise, and fly) and five exercises for the lower-body (march, side step, lunge, heel kickers karate kickers, and side leg lifts) with forward and backward water walking interspersed (CLICK HERE to learn more).

A bonus of this type of training is the constant engagement of your abdominal muscles, which is great for improving the overall appearance of your midsection.

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Why You Should Try It

Water resistance exercise can greatly boost your metabolism, help you lose weight, sculpt your muscles, enhance your body composition, and improve you overall health status. That’s a ton of benefits! Even better, you’ll reap all these benefits with little impact on your joints.

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If you’re interested in beginning a water resistance exercise program check out your local gym, health club, or park district for pool access and usage fees. Many facilities with pools house Hydro-Tone bells and boots or similar equipment. You can also purchase your very own equipment for use in any pool.

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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.

Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you.  If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise.  However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.