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Water Aerobic Equipment: Using Water Dumbbells

Using water aerobic equipment is a great way to expedite the fitness process and reach fitness goals quickly. Water offers its own resistance and challenges each muscle in the body. Utilizing water aerobic equipment such as water dumbbells is fun and beneficial to any workout regimen.

Warm Up

Always begin a water aerobic exercise with a warm up. There is always the chance of injury when performing any exercise, even in water. The body should be submerged in water up to the chest or shoulders. Begin by jogging in place and twisting gently at the torso to warm up.

Lateral Raises

Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Hold the water dumbbells with the arms extended down at the thighs. Gently lift the arms out to the sides, hold for 10 seconds and bring them back in toward the body. Repeat.

Chest Flies

Begin by standing with the feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart, with a dumbbell in each hand. Bring the hands out to the sides and toward the surface of the water so that they rest just below the surface. Bend at the waist, leaning forward until at about a 45-degree angle. Pull the dumbbells in toward the front of the body so that they touch just in front of the hips. Drag the dumbbells back out and up toward the surface of the water, straightening the body at the same time. Repeat.

Arm Lifts

Begin with feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Hold a dumbbell in each hand with arms extended down toward the thighs and with the back of the hands facing forward. Gently lift the arms against the water until they are parallel to the pool floor, just below the surface. Gently drag the arms back down toward the body. Repeat.

Utilize these exercises with water dumbbells to increase cardiovascular and muscular strength, build stamina and strengthen the core.

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