With summer coming to an end, many people stop exercising and just add layers of clothing to their body. I am a strong advocate for health and fitness and making it a lifestyle change, not just a quick tune up for a swim suit season.
With that said, I am excited to share another great guest blog post from Kaitlin Gardner at An Apple Per Day, on her tips in aqua aerobics. It is a great workout for any fitness level, so check it out!
It’s your day to exercise, but it’s too hot outside to run, and the thought of trudging along on a treadmill just doesn’t feel very exciting today. Consider aqua aerobics – get that workout done in the pleasant lightness of the water, and it’s a whole different experience, with a lot of benefits.
What is aqua aerobics? At the simplest level, if you get in the water, and you’re moving around, it makes your cardiovascular system work, and that counts as aqua aerobics. You don’t have to know how to swim to get a lot of exercise in the water. From aqua walking to aqua aerobics classes, there are a lot of options for water workouts. You can think of the pool as a gym in the water, and almost any exercise you could do on land can be performed in the water. Here are some great resources with more details:
- Non-Swimming Workouts For The Pool
- Water Aerobics and Water Fitness Exercises
- My Ultimate Guide To Aqua Aerobics
Good for the heart. The heart has to work less when you’re in the water, and your heart rate will be up to 13 percent lower. This is because of the lowered effect of gravity, and cooler water temperatures. A workout that benefits the cardiovascular system but puts less stress on the heart translates to lowered risk of heart disease, and lower blood pressure.
Excellent for stress relief. A soothing walk in the lap lanes at the community pool can be a wonderful stress buster. Performing a slow and rhythmic aqua tai chi routine is a way to calm down and release the tensions of the day. Aqua yoga gives a person a great stretching and breathing exercise, in the soothing atmosphere of the water. After a water workout, it is common to have trouble remembering what you were so stressed about.
Do you really get that much out of the workouts? Many times people think of aqua aerobics as people in the water waving their arms around. But runners – even those training at competitive levels, regularly use water workouts as part of their cross training routine. The resistance of the water means there is plenty of work in pushing through the water during an aqua jogging session. Because of buoyancy, a person only has to support a fraction of their own weight, which lets an injured runner maintain their training, while giving tired or injured joints and muscles a break. Aqua aerobics can provide a very substantial workout option.
It’s just so much fun. This doesn’t initially sound like a benefit of water workouts, but in the long run, it will be. If you enjoy an exercise program, you are more likely to continue doing it. People who start water workouts usually have so much fun they keep going back. From the social interactions of the group workout, to the vigorous workouts of kick boxing and Zumba dance classes, there are so many choices that a person doesn’t get burned out on doing just one type of exercise.
How to start. If you’re just getting started with exercise, aqua aerobics is a safe and gentle way to get into a routine. The typical recommendation is that a person gets 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week. This is a goal to shoot for, not something to accomplish the first week. A good beginning would be a walk in the lap lanes, and stop when you feel tired. Don’t forget to hydrate, because you’ll be sweating more than you realize in the water.
A soothing workout in the comfortable lightness of the water is an excellent way to put a spring in your step for the rest of the day. Try it once and you’ll fall in love with aqua aerobics.
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.