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KECI Water aerobics offers low impact workout all year long

By: Heidi Meili

Posted: Nov 28, 2016 10:16 AM MST

Updated: Nov 28, 2016 10:16 AM MST

Water aerobics offers low impact workout all year long

Water aerobics offers low impact workout all year long

MISSOULA Mont. - People looking for a low impact workout that gets the heart pumping should check out their nearest indoor pool this winter.

We visited a recent class at the Currents Aquatics Center in Missoula, led by Missoula Parks and Recreation.

Health studies say water aerobics can reduce blood pressure and your resting heart rate and also give added protection to joints.

"You can do more weight bearing activities without doing as much damage to your knees, your hips, or any of those other joints that might be at risk," said instructor, Hannah Shepherd.

A basic class begins with a warm up.

"We usually start with jogging movements to start to get the heart rate up. If you bring your heels all the way down, you can stretch out those calves. Then we do at least 20 minutes, sometimes 30 minutes of cardio exercises where we get the heart rate going. We do a lot of different movements varied up. Then we bring it back down and do resistance exercises, so that we can do some muscle building," said Shepherd.

The buoyancy is helpful for people with knee or back problems and pregnant women.

"Pregnant women really love water aerobics because it takes all that weight off and suddenly you can do the jogging again, that you maybe have felt you haven't been able to do," said Shepherd.

The water also has a cooling effect during the workout.

Instructors recommend water shoes because cement pools can feel rough, and tiled pools can be to slippery with bare feel.

Programs like Parks and Recreation, the YMCA and private health centers offer water aerobics in indoor pools all year long.

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