Get yourself into a pool, watch your blood pressure come down, feel your joints relax and enjoy life again.
Nothing has changed, she says today.
She was a 1964 Olympic swim team member. She's still a physical education professor at John Jay College of the University of New York; still teaches fire and police officers to swim; still works with senior centers nationally to promote water exercise; still works with incarcerated children on exercise.
She was one of the first to promote water therapy. She pioneered it after a 1975 automobile accident left her with broken bones.
It obviously works.
You have three new DVDs on aquatic workout?
Yes, available on my website, drjanekatz.com.
The message stays the same: Work out in the water and when you exercise, your limbs relax and loosen, you lose weight more quickly, you can exercise longer.
What's the big deal about water exercise as opposed to land therapies?
In the water, you are 75 percent gravity-free. You feel refreshed. You don't overheat.
Any lower leg injury is benefitted by water therapy. Hip or knee replacement. And also bursitis, arthritis, fibromyalgia. Just walking in shallow water lets you move more freely.
But seniors often resist water therapy?
I think for lots of reasons. They think they'll get their hair wet, for example. I tell them they will not have their heads in the water. This is all about buoyancy.
Then there's the business about body image in a bathing suit. Well, find a neighborhood pool or program and just go. No one's really noticing you, trust me.
Water isn't the only exercise people should do, is it?
Oh, no! A combination of water, Pilates, yoga and tai chi is ideal. Turf to surf.
You have said water is a comforting exercise for seniors?
I always think the water is demographic. A great equalizer. And very soothing. My husband died a few years ago, leading me to write a piece on "swimming with a heavy heart." As I said to you two years ago, it was comforting then. It continues to comfort me now.
Nothing much has changed about your thoughts on water therapy. Just make it more available and do it right?
Absolutely. Here's the key: You can watch the video, note the exercises you like, and do them on your own. Anything you do will help.
I have been doing water aquatics with therapist Carrie Thorson and I see great benefits in balance and flexibility. But few programs like this are available.
Check your local pools. Use the videos and design your own workout. Don't make excuses.
When will you retire?
When I can no longer walk, move or swim.