After this crazy winter weather, many of us have been looking to amp up our fitness routine outdoors. But there’s one fitness activity that is independent of the weather — your local aquatic center.

Exercising in water promotes healthy mobility, flexibility, arterial blood flow, stronger muscles, better balance and even stronger bones.

If you have diabetes, an aerobic activity like swimming can be a very important part of your diabetes treatment plan, according to the U.S. Water Fitness Association. It will help you burn calories, lose weight and keep your blood sugars under control.

If you have high cholesterol, you will also benefit from swimming because it can help lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol and raise your good (HDL) cholesterol.

But water fitness is more than just swimming laps.

Albany Community Pool, for example, offers two senior fitness classes in the water, with plenty of warm, shallow water.

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