August 12, 2005-- Posted at 3:15 PM CDT
(HealthDayNews) -- Water workouts are great ways to improve your fitness. The body's natural buoyancy in water decreases the strain on joints and muscles, according to the American Physical Therapy Association.
But before you jump in, take note of these safety tips:
- If you're alone in a pool, make sure someone is nearby in case of an emergency.
- Wait 45 minutes after eating before you enter the pool.
- If the water is cool, walk several laps to warm up.
- If you have diabetes or difficulty with your feet, wear an old pair of sneakers or special water shoes.