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Water Exercises as Effective as Gym Workouts

Swimming, aqua-aerobics, and other water-based exercises are popular for people aged 55 and older to keep fit without putting strain on the joints. A new study shows these forms of exercise could also help reduce cardiovascular disease.

Previous studies show that water-based exercises have many benefits, including improving gait, balance, and mobility. It’s also thought to offer benefits as part of rehabilitation programs for peripheral arterial disease, in which arteries in the legs, stomach, arms, and head narrow.

But while water-based exercises are shown to have benefits for other aspects of health, until now there’s been limited evidence on whether it’s as beneficial on reducing cardiovascular disease risk for older adults and improving their heart health. Read more…

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