Get Fit and Stay Fit With Aqua Aerobics
Aqua aerobics is basically doing exercises (other than swimming) in the pool. It has a lot of advantages over more traditional exercise routines, and can provide an excellent and enjoyable workout.
Low impact – One of the best advantages of aqua aerobics is that the workouts are low impact. The cushioning of the water allows someone to exercise without taking a toll on joints. As a cross training tool, or a way for people like runners to recover from an injury, aqua aerobics is a wonderful option.
Needs little equipment – Just walking into a gym for a weight workout shows how much equipment is needed for traditional workouts. The lineup of weight stations, long rows of weights, and people standing in line to use them can sometimes be a deterrent to getting a good workout. By contrast, the most frequently used aqua aerobics tool is a foam noodle – a long rubber tube strong enough to support the person’s weight in the water. They can be obtained here, and are easy to carry to class.
A variety of choices – Most people think of aqua aerobics as a group of people in the water doing exercises together. While that is true, there are a number of great options for getting in that workout. Aqua jogging classes have available kick boxing, yoga, tai chi, the newly popular Zumba, and weight classes. One of the enjoyable components of aqua aerobics is the variety.
Aqua jogging for cardio – For a runner who scoffs at an aqua jogging workout, have them try it first. Experienced runners who get in the water, planning to knock off 5 miles, are surprised at how they have to scale back their first session. The resistance component of water can bring the heart rate up like a hill repeat workout. Injured runners who have used aqua jogging for as long as six months have reported no loss of cardio capability.
A social workout – A group doing exercises in the pool may work out and breathe hard during the exercise, but there’s a lot of laughing and conversation between sets or exercises. The enjoyment factor of aqua aerobics is a huge plus, as people in the class compare notes about how they fell during that last balancing exercise, or how tough the teacher is.
A lot of fun – Remember walking into the gym and seeing all the serious faces? Especially in the weight workout area, those working out tend to be very focused on their work, and don’t look like they’re having a lot of fun. By contrast, aqua aerobics is a lot of fun. People smile a lot, enjoy the workouts and the different exercises, and don’t seem as gnarly as the guy at the lat station in the local gym.
There are many ways to get in an aqua aerobics workout, and a lot of advantages to this method of exercise. For the beginner, start with a class to see what the experience is all about, and what kind of workout routine will work best for you.
Becky Flanigan was an English major in college, and now enjoys writing freelance articles for In The Swim. Becky has a great time on family weekend trips with her husband, 3 kids, and 2 golden retrievers. She spends many happy hours at the family swimming pool, watching the kids and dogs splash around. She is also an avid gardener – and even helps friends landscape and decorate their yards.
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