Exercising in water provides a supportive environment for your body. The buoyancy of the water reduces your weight on impact, resulting in much less strain on your muscles and joints. This makes aqua aerobics a good choice for those new to exercise, those who can't move easily, and those who want to get fit and lose weight.
What is aqua aerobics good for?
Aqua aerobics (also called water aerobics and aquafit) is a form of exercise which provides cardiovascular conditioning, increasing your pulse and your breathing rate. The term "aerobic" actually means "with oxygen". This means that your breathing controls the amount of oxygen that reaches your muscles to help them move and burn stored fuel. Aqua aerobics is similar to a normal aerobics class, but since it's done in the water, it places less strain on your joints.
Aqua aerobics also helps to strengthen the body because the water offers resistance. Water has much more resistance than air. are worked in each movement. The resistance exerted by water applies in both directions, too, as you push and pull against it. This means that each movement you make works two opposing muscle groups, not just one, as is the case when you work against gravity. Same effort: double the benefit.
Aqua aerobics is a beneficial all-over workout with a lower risk of injury than its land-based equivalent.
Aqua aerobics is good for:
burning calories and losing weight
working all the major muscle groups
improving your balance and co-ordination
people with mobility problems
people with physical restrictions
relieving stress: the water massages you and the feeling of weightlessness can be very enjoyable.
If you're pregnant, aqua aerobics is good for both your physical and mental health. As an added bonus, the water helps support the weight of your growing bump, helping to take pressure off your back, and reducing lower-back pain.
As always, if you have any health concerns or a heart condition, check with your GP before taking up any new form of exercise. If you are overweight and just beginning exercise, the advantage of aqua aerobics is that the water supports your weight, so you can achieve much more in the water.