There are a lot of reasons to try a new exercise option. Maybe you have burned out on your old workouts – you’ve been up and down the running trails until you know them by heart. Possibly you haven’t exercised in years, and want to get in shape. Either way, aqua aerobics has some great advantages for exercise.
It’s low impact. If you are a runner who has sustained an injury, you might be looking for a way to maintain your condition, but give your legs a break. If you are new to exercise in general, it might be nice to have a way to start that doesn’t pound on legs that haven’t worked out much. The beauty of a water workout is that because of buoyancy, the body only has to support a fraction of its own weight. Working out in the water has a lightness that you can feel quickly, and when you walk away after a workout, you don’t have knees that creak from being overstressed. Here are some resources with more great information about water workouts:
What’s it all about? The basic concept of aqua aerobics is exercise in the water – other than swimming – which provides a cardiovascular component. The exercise should raise the heart rate and get the blood moving. The fun of water workouts comes from the variety, depending on what you want to accomplish. A group workout is a great way to see the possibilities, but then you might want to branch out, and see what else is available.
For stress reduction and relaxation. It’s soothing just being in the water. Add a little cardio, and it can be a great way to let go of stress and unwind. Go to your community indoor pool when the lap lanes are open, get in one and just begin to walk up and down like you would for a walk in the park. You’ll be surrounded by the cool water, pushing against it gently as you walk, and getting into the rhythm walking. This is a great way to exercise when it’s really hot outside. For other options, try aqua yoga or tai chi – slow and rhythmic ways to unwind that are especially enjoyable in the water.
For those vigorous workouts. If you’re in the mood for a little stronger cardio burn, there are a lot of choices. At that community pool, instead of aqua walking, escalate to an aqua jogging session. Just push harder through the water in a good running posture. Now you can feel the resistance of the water when it takes extra effort to move yourself forward. A good long aqua jogging workout will really pick up your heart rate. For a more creative way to get that cardio burn, try aqua kick boxing. The classes are usually taught by someone who looks like they can work out all day long, and after kicking and punching against the water, you’ll feel a good soreness in arms and legs, and be very relaxed afterward. If you’re ready for a fun challenge, try the hip swinging sexy moves of Zumba – in the water. You will get all the cardio you want, and the nice part – most of your body is underwater, so if you miss a step or fall off balance – no one can tell.
Whether you go for an aqua jog to let an injury heal, or you just want to start working out, you’ll really enjoy exploring aqua aerobics. You’ll probably come away with a big smile on your face.
Kaitlin Gardner started AnApplePerDay.com to further her passion for a family friendly, green living lifestyle. She is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoy going for long hikes, to get out and enjoy nature. She is working on her first book about ways to live an eco-friendly, healthy, natural life.
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