Today's post is from the lovely Kaitlin Gardner at An Apple Per Day. Her website focuses on an array of topics such as health, green living, family + pet health and a special focus on aqua aerobics. Today she's sharing 6 reasons why you should try aqua aerobics. I'm sold! I'd love to try it! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I’ve never been much of a swimmer, so for years, I didn’t consider the pool when I was exercising. I discovered aqua aerobics a while back, and it has really opened up a whole new way for me to work out. There are a lot of great reasons to exercise in the water.
The basics. If you are in the water, and doing an exercise that will raise your heart rate, that is aqua aerobics. There are a lot of options for exercise in the water, so for starters, here are 3 great articles with more information about aqua aerobics:
- Water Aerobics and Water Fitness Exercises
- My Ultimate Guide To Aqua Aerobics
- Water Aerobic Exercises For A Low-Impact Workout
Here are my top 6 reasons to use aqua aerobics for exercise:
1) Heart health. In a water workout, my heart rate will be about 13 percent more slower – about 17 fewer heart beats a minute. That means I can exercise just as hard as I would on land, but put less stress on my heart. It’s thought that this effect is due to the lessened impact of gravity, and the lower temperature of the water. I haven’t ever had any heart problems, and I want to keep it that way.
2) The enjoyment. If a workout is fun, I’m more likely to keep doing it. I had a lot of fun playing in the water as a kid, and I think being back in the pool reminds me of that time. That’s why people in group water workouts are smiling and happy so much – it’s just pleasant being in the water. It’s very soothing to do an exercise in the water.
3) The variety. I can choose from a lot of option for a workout using aqua aerobics, sometimes just depending on my mood. If I want a vigorous exercise routine, I choose aqua kickboxing or the sexy moves of a Zumba class. If I want a great cardio burn, I just go aqua jogging in the lap lanes at my community pool. For a relaxing session, I go for aqua tai chi or yoga. I enjoy being able to choose a different workout every week, so I don’t get into a routine that gets stale.
4) Stress relief. Speaking of aqua tai chi, it is one of my most enjoyable exercise choices. When I’m having a busy and hectic week, if I need to calm down, I make it to the community center for a tai chi class in the water. The emphasis is on performing slow movements in rhythm with your breathing. It doesn’t take long to feel my heart slow, and my body relax. Sometimes I can’t remember why I was so stressed after I leave. I love it.
5) Low impact. In the water, my body only has to support a fraction of its own weight, which provides a lightness that puts less stress on my leg joints and muscles. In the gym, doing lunges was never fun, because my foot would land so hard. In the water it’s a completely different experience. I still get the benefit of the movement, but without the joint stress.
6) Resistance. It took a while to realize how much work it takes for me to push my body through the water – that’s the resistance factor. When I go aqua jogging, I have to lean forward a bit, almost in a sprinting motion, just to keep moving forward. That one factor provides extra work when I exercise, and means I get more benefit out of my workout.
I have really enjoyed aqua aerobics, and when my friends ask why, I just say “try it, and you’ll see.” I smile when they come back all excited after their first water workout.
Kaitlin Gardner started An Apple Per Day to explore her passion for a green living lifestyle, and healthy family living. She and her husband have just moved to rural Pennsylvania, where they enjoy exploring the countryside to discover interesting and out of the way places. She is also learning how to paint watercolors.