WA­TER BABE

Women's Health Australia - - FITNESS - By Michelle Oc­to­ber Pho­to­graphs by Na­dia von Scotti

Hot sum­mer body, stat! Jump into na­ture’s gym and get stronger, leaner and fit­ter, fast

SSo you never get your hair wet? Girl, you’re miss­ing out! Wa­ter – whether it’s a pool, lake or the ocean – is na­ture’s gym, only way more fun. Plus, it’s a nat­u­ral anti­grav­ity ma­chine, mean­ing it’s eas­ier on your joints than the usual gym cir­cuit and ubiq­ui­tous re­sis­tance band – but your mus­cles are still chal­lenged just by wad­ing in. And if that’s not enough, a grow­ing body of re­search shows peo­ple who spend more time in the wa­ter are hap­pier and less stressed.

Sold? Dive in with these no­gym-re­quired wa­ter sports that de­liver se­ri­ous body re­sults.

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