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Is Water Aerobics for You?

Why you should dip your toes in the water aerobics world.

When you think of water aerobics, what comes to mind? Maybe you think of an indoor swimming pool filled with elderly ladies in their swim caps, moving slowly through the water. While water aerobics, also called aquatic fitness or waterobics, is an ideal workout for seniors, it can be a wonderful way for anyone of any age to exercise.

Water aerobics classes are typically done in waist-deep water. There’s no swimming involved, only series of aerobic exercises that use water as resistance. Classes last about an hour and are led by an instructor who leads you through each exercise. Motivational music is often a part of the workout. Typical exercises include leg lifts, leg kicks, bicep curls, walking, and more.

Maybe you’re thinking about taking the plunge. Here are a few reasons you should.

It’s Low-Impact

Have joint pain, arthritis, a recent injury, or back or knee problems? Just want to give your joints a break, but keep moving? Then you should do low-impact exercises that don’t put strain or pressure on your joints. The buoyancy of water relieves even more pressure off your joints while providing resistance to work against. If you’re tired of walking, swimming, or cycling, then water aerobics may be a great option.

It’s An Effective Workout

Water aerobics provides a full-body workout that targets all major muscle groups. Your core, arms, legs, back, and glutes are all strengthened and toned through the series of aerobic exercises performed in water.

With water aerobics, you can check a cardio, strength training, and flexibility workout off your to-do list. The right class gets your heart rate pumping, builds and strengthens your muscles, and improves your flexibility. It does this because water is 800 times denser than air, meaning it gives 12 times more resistance to your movements. You may not be moving as fast as you would out of water, but moving against the resistance of water uses more energy and therefore burns more calories. You can expect to burn between 400 and 500 calories in an hour of water aerobics. Not bad, eh?

It’s Adaptable and Accessible

Been years since you’ve exercised? In great shape but want to try something different? Water aerobics is for you. The nature of the exercise means the intensity can be adjusted to your fitness level. Move as fast or as slow as you need. Do as many repetitions and sets of each exercise as your fitness allows. Just find a class that’s designed for your level of fitness and get going.

Cold or rainy outside? You can get a water aerobics workout in an indoor pool. A warm, sunny day? Exercise in an outdoor pool or body of water.

It’s Comfortable and Relaxing

Water workouts are ideal for people who hate breaking a sweat. The cool water temperatures keep you comfortable so you don’t overheat during a workout. Many people find the rhythmic movements of water aerobics relaxing. Your workout gives you a boost in your mental as well as physical health.

As an extra bonus, you don’t need to worry about making mistakes in the water. Your body is submerged, so if you do the moves wrong, no one will notice. If you begin to fall over, the water will catch you. While you may be self conscious in a bathing suit, you only have to be out of the water for a short time.

It’s Enjoyable

Solo workouts can be long and boring. Join a water aerobics class and you’ll enjoy the social aspect. You’re bound to make a new friend or two as you move through the water together toward better health.