Regular exercise is necessary for good health. It promotes bloodcirculation and keeps the heart healthy and strong. However, high impact exercise may be too much of a strain on individuals who aren’t used to physical exertion.
A good solution for this is water aerobics. Water aerobics is low impact while still promoting a great workout, and is suitable for most strength levels. Unlike some high impact sports, the rhythmic body movements in water aerobics can be enjoyable and even relaxing.
Most water aerobics routines last for about 40 to 50 minutes and focus on both the arms and the legs. Water resistance helps improve strength and flexibility in the body, as well as balance.
Water aerobics provides support to the body, reducing the chance of bone, joint or muscle injury, a common issue in standard cardio-style exercise. According to a study, water supports 80% of a person’s weight, causing less strain on the joints, back and torso.
Exercising under water resistance will help burn calories in the body. Expect to burn between 400 and 500 calories per hour when you are performing water aerobics. The calories an individual burn will depend on size, the intensity of the movements performed as well as the depth of the water and its temperature.
Water aerobics are great for older individuals who may find themselves losing flexibility as they age. A regular exercise program can improve flexibility and range of motion. It can also help people with arthritis and other chronic pain issues.
Helps in Cardiac Conditioning
Exercising in the water is beneficial to the heart. In water aerobics the heart rate is maintained at a lower, steadier rate compared to running and cycling.
If you’re reluctant to start an exercise program due to fear of injury or because you don’t think you’re fit or strong enough, try water aerobics! It has all the same benefits of working out in a gym with few of the drawbacks.