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What are some good exercises for water aerobics?

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As stated in Fitness Magazine, there are five exceptional water aerobics exercises that tone and strengthen muscles. The best exercises are the K-Tread, Otter Roll, Ball Lever, Pike Scull and Wave Maker.

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The K-Tread exercise involves first going into the deep end of the pool and treading water. Then, make small circles with cupped hands and lift the right leg straight in front at hip level. Reach the toes of your left leg toward the bottom of the pool and hold for five seconds.

The Otter Roll consists of hugging a beach ball to your chest and floating on your back with legs extended and feet together. Make a full revolution and then return to start and take a breath.

In the Ball Lever exercise, hold a beach ball with arms stretched straight in front of you, while floating facedown in chest-deep water so legs are extended behind you and feet together. Keeping arms straight, pull the ball underneath you, drawing it as fast as you can through the water toward your thighs in an arc. When the ball reaches your thighs, bend your elbows to bring it back to the surface and press it forward to return to start position.

The Pike Scull involves standing in the shallow end of the pool and simultaneously sitting back into the water, treading with your hands by your sides, and lifting both legs together so that you fold at the hips and your body forms a wide V, with your head and toes just above the surface. Maintaining the V position, move cupped hands in small circles by hips to tread water and propel yourself forward down the length of the pool for 30 seconds.

Finally, the Wave Maker consists of extending your legs behind you at water level with both feet and knees together, then kicking like a dolphin. Kick as hard and as fast as you can for 30 seconds, trying to make the biggest waves possible.

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