7 Healthcast: Water workout
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Just ask trainer Dory Berman.
She says, "It's fun, it's challenging, you make the workouts as hard as you want."
Dory leads aqua fitness classes at Waverly Oaks Athletic Club in Waltham.
You attract a diverse population-- a group that is able to do a lot, some can do little, some have injuries in a specific area."
Jayne Kostantinidis, a mother of three, says it's the perfect way to exercise.
"You get such good cardio. It gets addicting, you see results very quickly."
By working out in the water, people can often push themselves further than on land.
Dory explains, "Water is 12 times heavier than air, it's more dense. It's
a friendly environment, to allow you to do things that you might not necessarily be able to do on land."
And Dory says don't think it's only for the elderly or injured.
She says, "People who say, oh that's only for old people, or that's only for women, it's too easy-- no it isn't! It's has hard as you make it."
Dory says the real secret is to make it fun!
"In order for people to adhere to a exercise program, you have to enjoy it, give permission to do what they are able to do."
And Jayne agrees! She says, "The water is wonderful, it makes you feel good, gets you invigorated.
Winter or summer it doesn't matter, it's a great workout."
Water fitness classes also often use floatable bar-bells and weighs to add intensity to the workout.
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