Imagine, exercising without breaking a sweat. At the same time, you can enjoy the fun of being in the water all at the same time! Aquafit (otherwise known as aqua aerobics or exercising in water) is the perfect summer fitness activity. Best of all, it can be enjoyed at all ages and levels of ability.
Why it Works?
Exercising in water gives your body a supportive environment. This is because the buoyancy of the water reduces your weight, resulting in much less strain on your muscles and joints. This makes aqua aerobics a good choice if:
- you are new to exercise, but love the water;
- you can’t move easily, perhaps because of an injury, chronic condition or mobility issue;
- you want to get fit and lose weight.
What it Does
Moves Your Muscles & Improves Circulation – Aquafit works all the main muscle groups, which is good for all over toning, balance and coordination.
Burns Fat with Less Strain – Aquafit is similar to a normal aerobics class, but because it’s done in the water, it places less strain on your joints. While doing so, it provides cardiovascular conditioning, increasing your pulse and your breathing rate.
Strengthens Your Body – Aquafit helps strengthen your body because the water offers resistance than air. The resistance exerted by water applies in both directions, as you push and pull against it. This means that each movement you make works two opposing muscle groups, not just one, as is the case when you work against gravity. For the same effort, you double the benefit.
Helps You Relax – Many love the stress relieving benefits of aquafit. As you move through the water, the water massages your entire body, and the feeling of weightlessness heightens a sense of well-being.
If You are Pregnant – If you’re pregnant, aquafit is good for both your physical and mental health. As an added bonus, the water helps support the weight of your growing bump, helping to take pressure off your back, and reducing lower-back pain.
What to expect at a class
A typical aquafit class will include:
- a short warm-up to get your body used to the water and your muscles ready;
- cardiovascular exercises to get your heart pumping, which may include walking or jogging, leg kicks, body twists, arm stretches, and other dance-like movements;
- balancing exercises;
- co-ordination exercises;
- some aquafit classes may incorporate water floats, pool noodles, etc. in their workouts.
How to get started
Community pool programs typically include aquafit classes. If you can’t fit one into your schedule, you can do some simple moves without instruction, for example, jogging in place, walking as fast as you can through the water, jumping up and down, or holding on the side of the pool and doing flutter kicks.