Whether you’re looking for a cross training option to add to your regular exercise routine, or a whole different workout routine, give aqua aerobics a try. It’s a fun way to stay in shape, or a great way to start working out so you don’t get discouraged and give up your desire to exercise. There are many advantages to aqua aerobics:
Lots of choices
Most people visualize aqua aerobics as a group of people standing in the water and waving their arms around. True enough as far as that image goes, but the real fun of working out in the water is all the choices available these days. If you’re feeling adventurous, try aqua Zumba, or maybe kick boxing. You get the advantage of the complicated workout routines, with the cushioning of the water to keep you from falling off balance. Or if you’d like a more quiet, meditative routine, try yoga or tai chi in the water, and let the soothing water add a wonderful component to your exercise time. Yes, aqua jogging can be a solid cardio workout – more work than runners would expect when they first try it. Weight workouts can be performed in the water, without needing a lot of equipment to get a great burn.
The fun component
In addition to the variety of exercises, working out in the water seems to provide a fun component for people – which encourages people to stay with it. In aqua aerobics classes, people take the exercise seriously and try to get in a good workout routine, they just have a lot of fun doing it. Between sets, or even sometimes during an exercise, people will laugh and joke and just enjoy themselves. Trying a complicated balancing exercise in the water that you’d hesitate to try on land for fear of falling, there’s a lot of fun to see who can maintain the position the longest, and laughter when someone gets off balance – laughing with, not at – because everyone will lose the pose eventually. Maybe it’s the water, but there sure does seem to be a lot of fun going on in the water.
The health advantages
The biggest advantage of working out in the water is the low impact component. Runners in particular take to aqua aerobics either during recovery from an injury, or as a cross training element of their regular routines. Knees and joints that have suffered from miles of pounding on the roads or trails get a real break working out in the water. While the cardio component remains high, the lower impact makes running through the water a great recovery tool. Is the cardio really that good? Runners with injuries who have used aqua aerobics for a lengthy period of time report no loss of condition when they return to the trail.
Getting in shape or staying in shape
Yes, for the person new to exercise, aqua aerobics is a great way to start. With the low impact aspect, and the water cushioning against falls while trying new exercises, the beginner is well served by working out in the water. For the person who exercises regularly but wants to try something different, a fast paced kick boxing class will keep their heart rate up, work muscles in a different way than the normal workout routine, and give all the health benefits of working out on land.
Though aqua aerobics is sometimes regarded as a low impact alternative, but not for people serious about getting a great burn, that perception is changing. As more people try all the aqua aerobics options now available, they discover wonderful health benefits, and a great workout routine that is easy on the joints.