Health Tip – June 7 – Aqua Aerobics
Also tagged as water aerobics, aqua aerobics is a form of aerobic exercise that is usually performed in shallow water like in a swimming pool. The exercise uses water as a form of resistance especially for exercises that are commonly performed on land, such as jumping jacks or running. Aqua aerobics may give equal benefits for those exercise routines done on land but is safer and features low risk for injuries to the human body’s joints and other muscles.
Aqua aerobics is a great way for you to safely get your body into shape. An instructor usually stands at the pool deck demonstrating different leg, arms and core exercise routines as a class of exercisers stand in a chest deep pool. The routine is usually done rhythmically with music. Weights can also be incorporated in workouts. Each aqua aerobic session typically runs for about thirty to sixty minutes, starts with a warm up session where cardio and stretching routines are performed and eventually ends up with cool down routines.
Some of the popular advantages of aqua aerobics include increased flexibility, enhanced body posture and balance, reduced cholesterol and blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure, reduced stress, and toned muscles.
Aqua aerobics are considered as low impact routines than the land based exercises but the participants tend to use up more energy because of water resistance. The movements occur at a slower pace because of the water’s speed. This resistance also aids in protecting the body from injuries because the gravity’s pull imposes less stress on the joint and the water also assists in the prevention of body overheating. Older people opt for aqua aerobics because it allows them for greater range of motion.
Aqua aerobics can also be a great choice among post surgical patients and for those who are suffering from medical conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, backache, cardiovascular problems and etc. The efficient cushioning has a gentler effect on the body while offering an efficient workout.