When you think of exercise, water aerobics may not jump to mind, however, with so many benefits, it should be considered.
Why take the plunge?
- Reduced impact. Water puts less stress on the body because it keeps you buoyant and counteracts the effects of gravity. Land exercise can be painful for those with arthritis, knee, back problems, and leg injuries. Water-based exercise is a great option to reduce impact on the body.
- It’s fun! Swimming improves mood – decreasing feelings of anxiety. Warm water exercise can even reduce depression. These activities are great for everyone.
- Burn calories and get stronger. In a water aerobics class, expect to burn 400 – 500 calories per hour. Moving faster and using the upper and lower body will result in a higher calorie burn. In addition, expect to feel stronger. Water creates 12 times the resistance of air, so even slight movements such as kicking or arm movements work your muscles in a new way.
There are various aqua classes available, including yoga, Zumba, step, and other fun options. So, if you are looking for something new and exciting, perhaps it’s time to hop in the pool.
“Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” Slovakian Proverb