Hello Everyone. Today’s article is a guest post from Kaitlin Gardner
Are you adventurous? Do you like to try new things, and sometimes add some spice to your workouts? Then it might be time to give water aerobics a try.
The Basic Idea: Think of water aerobics as a gym in the water. Almost anything you can do on land, you can accomplish in the water. The key word is aerobic – you want to raise your heart rate and work the muscles. The advantage of water – it has a buoyancy that makes your body only support a fraction of its normal weight. That translates to a lightness that lessens stress on muscles and lowers the incidence of injuries. Here are some more resources which provide great details:
- Is Aqua Aerobics Good for All Over Body Toning?
- 8 Pool Exercises That Burn Fat Fast
- Water Aerobics & Water Fitness Exercises
The Resistance Factor: The hidden factor in the water which allows it to provide such a great workout is resistance. To test this concept, just go to your community gym when the lap lanes are open. Jump in and begin walking up and down the lane. This is aqua walking, and you’ll quickly see that it’s harder than you might think to force your body through the water – that’s the resistance. It adds extra work to your exercise routines.
The Adventurous Part: A big part of enjoying water workouts is the tremendous variety of exercises you can try. For relaxation, there’s nothing better than a Tai Chi or yoga class in the water. Are you ready for a challenge? Try kick boxing in the water, and you’ll get in a solid and fun workout. But for the real entertaining challenge – have you ever wanted to try the sexy moves of a Zumba class? Has it seemed a little intimidating to perform all those hip swinging moves in front of a group of people? Well how about doing it when most of your body is underwater? Be as sexy as you’d like, because most of the exercise can’t be seen by others.
Is It A Solid Workout?: A lot of people visualize a water aerobics class as a group of seniors waving their arms in the water and laughing. Yes, there are those classes, but the water can provide exercise that will leave you very clear that you’ve gotten in a good workout. Marathon runners who need to rehabilitate from an injury have used water jogging for several months, and have reported no loss of conditioning. A long session of aqua jogging provides an intense cardio workout, while giving sore muscles and joints a break from the running trail.
The Group Factor: Do you ever get tired of going to the gym and working out in your own little world? That doesn’t happen in water aerobics classes. Maybe it’s the effect of the water, but people laugh and smile a lot, and are very friendly with each other. That translates to – fun! Water workouts are just an enjoyable experience.
If you have doubts about water workouts, and wonder if they are for you – the easy test is – just try one. Like many people, you may quickly find yourself hooked and ready for more!
About The Author:
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.