There are many stereotypes regarding water aerobics classes. Many assume this particular type of class is really meant for seniors. Others would prefer to just swim laps in the pool. Then there’s the majority of the population who never step foot in the pool unless it involves a floatie and a cool beverage, or just to goof around with the kids. But, you shouldn’t totally write off water aerobics, and here’s why.
Here’s Why Anyone & Everyone Can Benefit from Water Aerobics Classes:
- Exercising in water makes you feel about 90 percent lighter.
- Your body does not experience the same impact as on land. This makes water aerobics an ideal activity for those with arthritis, back problems, foot or leg injuries, and knee conditions.
- Pregnant women also benefit from the reduced impact reports the American Council on Exercise.
- Water acts like a compression bandage for the entire body.
- Water constantly adjust its shape to accommodate your movements. It compresses your skin, muscles, and joints via a concept called hydrostatic pressure. This concept forces the heart and lungs to work harder because the chest cavity is under direct pressure. Centralizes peripheral blood flow and assists in venous return.
- BIG MOVES increases resistance.
- Being forced to exert more energy to perform accustomed motions helps tone atrophied muscles faster by using more muscle fibers, and the presence of water helps reduce pain.
- Work against 12 times the resistance of air.
- Simply kicking and cupping the water helps contribute to muscle development, which translates into a higher metabolism and healthier body.
- Water aerobics classes incorporate equipment to further induce strength gains, according to an article published in “American Fitness.”
Many of our members experienced Elite’s water aerobics classes for themselves during The Wellness & Lifestyle Challenge this year, with the addition of the “Activities Competition.” Some had never tried the classes before, and now they continue to participate in them. There’s many advantages to mixing up your workout, so why not try water aerobics on for size?!
Written by Dian Zandi, Water Aerobics Instructor at Elite Sports Clubs