Aqua aerobics: A watertight way to stay fit for life

Aqua aerobics: A watertight way to stay fit for life

If aqua aerobics conjures up images of demure synchronised swimmers in flowery caps making pretty shapes in the pool, think again. It boasts some extraordinary health benefits over more traditional gym fitness regimes, and is a refreshing way to get your heart pumping, build strength and tone up without over-stressing your body.


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Low impact conditioning
The buoyancy of water supports 50% of our body weight when upright, so a session of aqua jogging or lunges will exert less pressure on your joints. In addition to being a great way to build strength without the risk of injury posed by more traditional workouts, it is also the perfect and safe exercise option for people with arthritic conditions, as well as reducing the risk of injury for those without any chronic illnesses.

Fast-track fitness
Water has 12-14% more resistance than air. In theory, this should make aqua aerobics feel tougher than a gym workout. However, in combination with water supporting your body weight, it doesn’t. In this way, aqua aerobics can build your stamina, make you leaner and get you fitter much quicker than many other exercise routines.

Refresh your mind and body
Although rigorous, exercising in water has a positive calming affect on the mind and helps banish stress. In addition to boosting overall mental health, it also has a holistic impact on your body. Water pressure, turbulence and buoyancy are all good for your internal organs – they help stimulate blood flow back to the heart and aid lymphatic drainage, a process that flushes out toxins and waste from your body.

Cardio and calorie-burn gains
More intense aqua classes such as kick boxing and zumba are a great way to push your cardiovascular endurance and trim your waistline. The extra effort you put in to counterbalance the resistance of water will have your pulse and breathing rate reaching new heights. Subsequently, your calorie-burn rate will soar too – you can burn as many as 3.5 times more calories in a water exercise session than you would exercising in a similar way for the same amount of time in traditional dry environment.

Double the benefits
The water resistance factor inherent in aqua aerobics provides the advantage of working double the muscles groups in a single exercise compared to performing the same exercise in a gym. For example, doing a set of bicep curls in water will simultaneously work the opposing triceps muscle group by nature of having to forcefully pull the weight back through water for a repetition, rather than gravitational pull doing the work.

Staying power
If the solitude and monotony of pounding a treadmill has seen you burn cash on gym memberships and give up on your exercise goals, then aqua aerobics may be a great option for you. The fact that it is fun, sociable and big on team spirit is a great motivator in sustaining commitment and finally achieving your desired fitness level.

 


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