Today, welcome Kaitlin with a guest post on the benefits of aqua aerobics. So, if you’re looking for more exercise ideas you may find you want to give aqua aerobics a try!
Read on to see why Kaitlin just loves aqua aerobics!
There are lots of reasons to try aqua aerobics. Maybe you worked out years ago, but want a gentle way to get back in shape. You’re an expecting mom, who would like to keep working out during your pregnancy. You’re new to exercise and want to get started. Whatever the reason, there are a lot of benefits of aqua aerobics.
What is it?
The basic answer is that if I’m in the water, doing an exercise that raises my heart rate and gives me a cardiovascular benefit, that qualifies as aqua aerobics. There are a lot of options to choose from, depending on one’s training needs. I tried a beginners group class to get started and use aqua tai chi and yoga for relaxation. For great cardio routines, I love aqua jogging, kick boxing in the water, or the super popular Zumba dance classes.
Here are some great resources with more information:
- Water Aerobics and Water Fitness Exercises
- My Ultimate Guide To Aqua Aerobics
- Heart Health & Swimming Pools
Here are 6 benefits I get from aqua aerobics:
1) Heart health
Having a healthy heart is a big concern for me these days, and the water provides an advantage I can’t get on land. The heart beats slower in the water, meaning I can work harder, and my heart works less. This effect is thought to be due to the water supporting your weight and allowing your heart to deliver oxygen to your body with less effort than when your body is horizontal. I can go for an aqua jog and my heart will benefit more than a jog on the running trail.
2) Stress reduction
When I get stressed getting the kids to after school activities, a quick water workout can help me be more relaxed for the rest of my busy day. A quick 30 minute routine of tai chi in the water, or simply just treading water to get my muscles moving, can really help me unwind. Sometimes after a water workout session I often can’t remember what I was so stressed about.
Competitive runners use aqua jogging regularly to cross train or recover from an injury, so I figure water workouts can provide all the cardio benefit I need. If I take an hour long kick boxing class I quickly find my heart rate elevating, and my breathing escalate. When I just want someone to tell me what to do, a group class can be wonderful, as the instructor leads the group through a series of exercises. I work arms and legs in ways similar to a weight routine, but with an added cardio component.
If I go for a brisk walk in the park, I freely swing my arms and move my legs. If I do that same motion in a lap lane at the community pool, I quickly feel what resistance is all about. It takes real effort to push my body through the water, because the water is so dense. This is one of the great benefits that makes water workouts so unique.
My body only supports a fraction of its own weight in the water, which translates to a lightness that I can feel as soon as I get in the water. It was wonderful when I was expecting – it took pressure off of joints that were tired from the weight of the baby, and felt fantastic.
6) Easy to start
One of the biggest benefits of an exercise routine is that it’s easy to start. I went to a workout class to see what to do, and watched some online videos. Water workouts aren’t complicated, so it didn’t take long to find a type of workout that was right for me. Give it a try today – you’ll quickly fall in love with aqua aerobics.
Kaitlin Gardner started An Apple Per Day to explore her passion for a green living lifestyle, and healthy family living. She and her husband have just moved to rural Pennsylvania, where they enjoy exploring the countryside to discover interesting and out of the way places. She is also learning how to paint watercolors.