Lifewatch: Water aerobics

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(WECT) - Water aerobics is a great way to get in shape without getting bored.

Ryan Hooks, a mother of two, tried traditional workout routines on and off for years, but she didn't stick with any of them until she tried water aerobics.

"It's fun, you know, we work out - you're not on a treadmill sweating," said Hooks.  "For me, that's miserable. Having fun, laughing, cutting up with everybody in the class."

Julie Beard has been teaching water aerobics for two decades and says anyone, regardless of age, can benefit from the low impact, but highly effective exercises.

"If you do a lot of exercise on land, you know that the impact on the joints can be very cumbersome and water aerobics almost takes that out," said Beard.

You only need to support ten percent of your body weight in water.  With less stress on your joints, your body can move for a longer amount of time without the strain.

"The body temperature doesn't rise as much, they don't sweat as much, and then you don't get the muscle soreness that you do and you get tightened, toned, burn more calories in the water," said Beard.  "You can range anywhere from 300 calories to 700 calories, depending on your intensity."

After one month of water aerobics, Ryan lost ten pounds.

"I don't know necessarily that I expected to see huge results, but once I started seeing them, it was very motivating," said Hooks.

Water aerobics is also great for people who don't feel comfortable working out in front of others.  Since you're chest-deep in water, there's some privacy in how you move, and you can always work at your own pace.