If sweating in a stuffy gym has turned you off to exercise, give your workout a splash of fun in the open air with a low-impact alternative.
: Always consult a physician before attempting to do any exercise or exercise plan.
Step 1: Choose a suitable location Choose a suitable location such as a public or private swimming pool, or a sandy-bottomed lake near your home. A water aerobics routine can be done almost anywhere for free and on your own.
Step 2: Be prepared Be prepared for your water aerobics routine by wearing a comfortable swimsuit and bringing a towel, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat -- especially if you're going to be outside in the sun.
TIP: If putting on a swimsuit has you anxious, a pair of shorts and a lightweight top will work just as well.
Step 3: Create a routine Create a routine that includes a five to 10 minute stationary jog as a warm up, followed by some jumping jacks, flutter kicks, frog kicks, and wide stance sprints through the water for a great cardiovascular workout.
Step 4: Incorporate equipment Incorporate equipment such as water weights and webbed resistance gloves to increase the drag of the water. This will create a more intense workout that will tone and firm up those flabby arms and legs. Wear a floating belt in deeper water so you can focus on the workout rather than trying to stay afloat.
Step 5: Start slow Start out slow by only submerging your body halfway. Practice the moves and exercises of your routine before going into deeper water. The deeper you can go, the better the workout will be.
FACT: In 1907, Annette Kellerman wowed audiences at New York's Hippodrome as the world's first underwater ballerina, paving the way for women's synchronized swimming years later.