Water Aerobics: A Workout That Works

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Water workouts are a perfect option when it comes to summer workouts. Not only is it fun to get in the pool and exercise to your favorite tunes with other women, it’s also a low impact workout that burns tons of calories! Because most of the human body is made up of water, its density is similar to that of the environment in the pool. A great workout for anyone who has achy joints, or is uncomfortable doing workouts without a feeling of weightlessness. Take the plunge! It’ll be a fun way to shed some pounds without the stress on your body of other workouts or land aerobics.

A Workout For Everyone
You don’t have to be suffering from an injury or stiff joints to enjoy the low-impact benefits of a water workout. A typical water aerobics class will burn just as many calories as a land aerobics class without the strain on your body. Ever want to do jumping jacks but just didn’t like the way your spine, and knees feel compacted? You’re not alone. Doing aerobics in the water offers the support of the water and doesn’t lessen the calorie burn, but it does reduce the impact on your body. You won’t feel the pain in your joints like after some other workouts, when you get out you’ll feel energized, and refreshed!

Overcoming Body Issues
Weight loss is a gradual process, and everyone has different individual needs. Some people avoid group fitness classes because of body issues or other social reasons. The great thing about water aerobics is that you are mostly under water the whole time. Nobody will see you falter in the steps, lose count or struggle to keep up. You can go at your own pace and no one is the wiser as to how you look in your bathing suit. Most water aerobics classes are a sanctuary for those who understand its benefits and “regulars” (regular participants) are usually resent, so you can bet that most of them will be welcoming and can be a great resource for your fitness regimen.

Water Exercise Benefits
Not only does water exercise burn calories, you can do it at home and still help keep your joints moving, improve flexibility and muscle tone. The soothing warmth of the water can help you feel safe to move around, and serves as an ideal environment for relieving pain and stiffness while burning calories. By doing your workout in the water you will also notice that your body temperature is raised which causes your blood vessels to dilate to further improve circulation during your workout. And while you will still sweat, it is far less irritating when you can just dunk your head under the water and keep going. Never underestimate the benefits of water workouts to increase muscle strength, slow your resting heart rate and improve free movement. For more information about Water Fitness, read this short article.

Watch this short video to get an idea of what a water aerobics class is like:

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4 Comments on "Water Aerobics: A Workout That Works"

  1. Mary  August 20, 2012

    I did not find that video to be particularly helpful. Sure, it shows a wide variety of people working out in the water. It only gave you the vaguest of ideas as to how to do the exercise. Not what I was looking for. Sorry!

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 21, 2012

      Mary, Thanks for your feedback. We'll work on getting more specific with future videos.

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  2. Barbara Ake  June 14, 2019

    I do water aerobics class at the YMCA. I also live in senior community with a pool. I enjoy the exercise with a group and leader, or on my own. It is a great form of exercise no matter what your age. I put on the music and I have a good time!

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    • Gale Compton  June 19, 2019

      Barbara, Good for you! I love you positive attitude. 🙂

      Reply

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