Ever seen those people in the pool looking like they are just hanging out? Well, they are actually doing a lot more than you think. Here is a list of 10 reasons I encourage people to do water aerobics.
1) Increase muscle strength
Since water flows in multiple directions, the resistance in water be 4 to 42 times greater than air
2) Build endurance
Water resistance is a more natural resistance which requires the body to strain through the water rather than against it.
3) Increases flexibility
As the body is subject to water resistance during water aerobic exercise – which requires movement in various directions while adjusting to the push and pull of water – the joints naturally increase their range of motion
4) Low-impact exercise
In water aerobics, the buoyancy of the water helps takes off some of the impact we tend to place on our body, due to our own water weight.
5) Alleviates pressure on the joints
Studies have shown water-based exercises such as water aerobics relieve pressure placed on joints from normal wear-and-tear and arthritis.
6) Relieves stress and decreases anxiety
Watching bodies of water in motion can be one of the most soothing activities one can take part in to help relieve stress
7) Burns calories
Depending on cardio activity, weight, water temperature, volume and buoyancy, the body can burn between 400 to 500 calories in an hour of exercise.
8) Reduces blood pressure
The water pressure actually works with your blood as well and enables one’s blood flow to circulate more effectively throughout the body, effectively decreasing blood pressure and, in the long run, decreasing resting heart rate.
9) Cooling exercise
Water aerobics can satisfy that need to feel cool in warmer temperatures while still enabling an athlete to exercise.
10) Popular activity
Water aerobics is not limited to any age group or skill level. As a result, water aerobics is known to a be one of the most popular bonding activities for friends and family.
Interesting in taking the plunge into water aerobics? Check out our Fitness schedule here and look for an AquaFit class that sounds of interest to you. Looking forward to seeing you in my next class!
Personal Trainer + AquaFit Teacher