Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Water Aerobics - Nice Way To Exercise.

My mother loved doing water aerobics. She drove several towns over at least three times a week to participate because she was one who loved being in the water.  When I first saw it, I thought it was quite an easy workout but once I tried it, well it did change my mind. For those of you who have never done it 

Water aerobics is a low impact form of exercise that builds muscles while increasing endurance.  Ordinarily as session lasts an hour while students are lead through a series of moves against a backdrop of music. The class is divide up into a warm-up, cardio, strength training, and a cool down.

During a water aerobics class you won't be swimming.  Instead, you will be walking in the water, doing bicep curls, leg lifts, and some kick board moves.  All moves are completed in the shallow end of the pool.  The water is great if you have joint issues, are pregnant, or a senior who is not in the best condition.

Most water aerobic classes target core muscles by doing lunges and side leg lifts which target the core.  The arms get work via bicep curls, and legs are worked through walking, jogging, and underwater kicks.  Participants work gluten by doing squats, lunges, and high knee kicks. In addition, the lower back is strengthened through these low impact moves.  The water automatically provides instant resistance to all moves since water is denser than air.

Furthermore, water provides support for your body due to it's natural buoyancy. This allows people to work out with more effort since it puts less impact on the knees and other joints. Water aerobics is great for building flexibility while improving your blood pressure and cholesterol readings.  It is one of the recommended forms of exercise for people with arthritis, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, balance issues, or other such conditions.

Water aerobics can be done either outside or inside in a pool. Think about how refreshing it is to workout in a nice cool pool on a hot day or escaping the cold weather into a heated pool.  In addition, this is a form of exercise one can do in their own pool using ankle and wrist weights, foam dumbbells which become heavier when wet but easily dry out, hand paddles, kick board, and buoyancy belts to help with balance during exercising the arms.  Water aerobics is a great way to tone muscles while doing less impact on joints.

Water aerobics is a wonderful alternative to land based exercises.  I enjoyed the class or two I've taken but I've lived in places with no pool or workout facilities so it's never been an alternative.  Maybe sometime I'll be able to do it again. Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.


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