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Aquatic fitness relieves joint stress

The aquatic fitness class at Dynamic Dimensions in Louisiana marches to its own beat, turning underwater rhythm into a calorie-burning party. 

"I have tried other things, but water is definitely my favorite," said Jenny Keogh. "I hate to miss a class."

Keogh, 66, credits healthy eating and aquatic fitness with a 35-pound weight loss. Barbara Tramonte, 76, says it is more than a workout for her. 

"It is a good stress reliever and because of the companionship here, it's really a good outing," she said.

This new wave in group fitness challenges people to do land exercises in the water, all while taking the impact off of joints. 

"Something that people don't realize is it's 12 times harder to move through water than it is on land," said Fitness Instructor Toni Kennedy.

Kennedy says it is up to each person to decide how revved-up their workout will be, using noodles and buoyancy weights. 

"You already have your body moving through water, then when you add these buoyant devices, it can even further add intensity," she said.

You can easily burn 300 calories while also reducing your injury risk compared to other forms of exercise. 

"This would be a wonderful place to start, because it's such low impact on the knees and the joints and where we hurt when we're a little bit older," said Keogh.

Each aquatic fitness class at Dynamic Dimensions lasts between 45 minutes and one hour. If you are looking to lose weight and tone up, four days a week of exercise is recommended.

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