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Matt Gohlke: For that resolution to get into better physical shape, try aquatic exercise

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Matt Gohlke

As we begin this new year, we are given a fresh start and many times a fresh outlook on what we want to accomplish in the future. 

Matt Gohlke
Matt Gohlke

Oftentimes this includes looking to the past to determine if there are things that we would change if we were able to do so. Do we wish we had exercised more in the past? Do we wish we had more time together as a family? Spent more time outdoors? 

Whether you call them new year's resolutions, goals or even something else, the beginning of the year often gives us hope that we have another chance.

I am a goal setter. I enjoy the process of setting goals and accomplishing these goals is even more enjoyable. I do not accomplish every goal that I set out to achieve, but I accomplish enough of them that I am a big advocate of the power of goal setting. Everyone who sets goals has their own personal way of doing it, but several methods that have helped me in goal setting are:

  • Writing goals down on paper and reviewing them periodically.
  • Setting goals that are attainable. For example, if you want to lose weight, set a goal that you can reach, not a goal that will be next to impossible to reach.
  • Setting monthly goals instead of annual goals. This will give you 12 opportunities to succeed, and if you fail, you will have another chance the next month to succeed.

The most common goal set this time of year has to do with exercise, weight loss, etc. An effective way to accomplish this is swimming (or aquatic exercise), which has really increased in popularity in recent years.

Aquatic exercise is an activity that millions of people are engaging in. It is easy on your joints and back, and has been used in sports rehabilitation and physical rehabilitation for years. It is used not only for rehabilitation, but it offers other benefits as well: increasing lung capacity, burning calories, toning and strengthening muscles, and the list goes on.

Even though it is winter and outdoor pools are obviously very cold, this is an excellent time of year to begin aquatic exercise: lap swimming, water walking, deep challenge, shallow water workout and senior water exercise. These are available at the city of Denton Natatorium, which is a great place to begin an aquatic exercise program. They have monthly, three-month and annual passes available for both residents and non-residents of Denton that are very affordable. For more information, visit or call (940)349-8800.

As with any exercise program, it is important to check with your physician prior to beginning an aquatic exercise program.

Happy new year!

MATT GOHLKE owns Gohlke Pools, which has earned national awards, certifications and recognition in the pool industry. He can be reached at 940-387-7521 or