How to Exercise With Water Dumbbells

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Water dumbbells are an integral part of a number of different valuable exercises. Find out how to exercise with water dumbbells with help from a health and wellness expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin, health and wellness expert with Ninacheriephd.com, and I'm here at the HF Racquet and Fitness Club in Homewood, Illinois. In this clip I'm going to show you how to exercise with water dumbbells. There are various types of exercises that you can perform with water dumbbells for an effective full body workout. I will show you three of these exercises, flies, arm curls and water jogging. You can perform all of these exercises in shallow water that is waist to shoulder deep. Flies are a great exercise for working your chest, shoulders and back simultaneously. To perform this exercise, place your arms in front of you with your elbows slightly bent, holding two dumbbells. You want your palms to face forward. In order to complete the movement, squeeze your shoulder blades together while opening up your arms until your palms are facing forward. Go ahead and move your arms forward back to the starting position. You can perform one to two sets of 12 to 15 repetitions of this exercise. Arm curls are the second type of exercise that you can perform. This exercise is effective for working both the triceps and the biceps and you can perform arm curls in two ways. Initially, hold your palms up with the dumbbell in each hand and your elbows flexed at a 90 degree angle. You want to keep them as close to your waist as possible. To perform this exercise, go ahead and straighten out your elbows until your palms are facing forward and to complete this movement, go ahead and move your arms, your hands with the dumbbells back towards your chest. Next turn your palms down, keep your elbows bent at a 90 degree angle and go ahead and straighten your arms down until your palms are facing back. To complete the movement, once again move those dumbbells back towards your chest. You can perform one to two sets of 12 to 15 repetitions of this exercise. Water jogging is a great way to get a full body workout in while adding some cardio into the mix. Go ahead and hold a dumbbell in each hand, flex your elbows at about a 90 degree angle and you basically jog in the water as if you are jogging on land. Now due to the fact that your body parts are submerged and the natural resistance of the water, you may feel as though you are jogging in place but even if you don't move anywhere while you are jogging you are still getting a very effective workout. And that's how you perform water exercises with dumbbells. This is Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin and thank you for watching.

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