Water Aerobic Exercises Are Low-ImpactExercises With High-Impact Results
Did you know that water aerobic exercises are just as physically challenging as high-impact step aerobics?
It's true, and one of the biggest reasons this type of exercise is a favorite among fitness professionals is that it offers a great combination of cardio and strength training exercises, without all of the added stress on the knees, hips, and joints.
There are 2 different types of aerobic exercise:
Are there differences between high and low-impact aerobics?
- High-impact aerobics
- Low-impact aerobics
High-impact aerobics are often referred to as a cardio workout. They are faster paced, more rigorous and intensive exercises that regularly place alot of stress on the lower body.
Although low-impact aerobics also maintain a fast pace, normally most are not considered to be rigorous or intensive. The intensity of low-impact aerobics shouldn't feel any more stressing on the body than a fast walk or jog.
Water aerobic exercises are low-impact exercises.
Can anyone participate in water aerobics?
Before starting any exercise program, it is always recommended that you first consult a health care provider to discuss any possible health risks or complications. He/she can provide recommendations and specific direction to best fit your health circumstances, limitations, or restrictions.
Most water aerobic exercises are considered a great way for individuals recovering from injury to rehab and remain physically active.
It is also recommended for women who are pregnant, people who are overweight, individuals who are looking to lose weight safely, and older individuals who have limited mobility.
What are water aerobic exercises?
Water aerobic exercises are essentially aerobic floor exercises performed in the water.
Because water is much denser than air, it feels and acts the same as if you were doing high-impact aerobics with free weights.
The buoyancy of the water supports the body. This enables a more fluid movement and a gentle stretching while also doing low-impact resistance training. Exercises are very similar to a Yoga or Pilates workout where you can achieve a greater range of motion.
Just to give you an idea on how buoyant you are in the water, waist deep water will decrease the amount of pressure that your body experiences by as much as 50 percent. Chest high water by 90 percent.
How it is done?
The most common form of water aerobics is done in a group. Workouts are usually performed with music with the tempo ranging from 125 to 140 beats per minute.
What makes this type of exercise so appealing is that no matter the fitness level you'll get a great workout!
Beginners can start with simple exercises in waist high water such as running in place and jumping jacks.
More advanced swimmers often intensity their workouts by submerging their body in the deep end of the pool, increasing the tempo, and/or adding weights.
What makes this type of exercise different from the others?
Water exercises are very appealing because they offer a great cardio
Remember, the main concept of any
aerobic exercise is to increase and maintain an elevated heart rate for at least 30 minutes, preferably 45, by continually moving the larger muscles in rhythm.
As the heart rate increases, oxygen is better circulated throughout the body. This strengthens muscle and promotes endurance and increased stamina.
These exercises burn more calories and help to lose more body fat. An added plus is that the metabolism is sped up and remains elevated for hours after completing the workout.
Do you need any special equipment?
The 2 required pieces of equipment are you and a pool.
Additional equipment that can be used may include:
- Kick boards
- Water belts
- Water shoes
- Swimming cap
It is recommended to familiarize yourself with the pool rules and policies and any dress code requirements before starting the class.
As with all types of exercise programs, it is always recommended to start with a warm-up, and finish with a cool down and final stretch.
It is important to remember that the benefits of exercise
cannot be truly achieved unless complimented by a healthy diet.
Are you getting the proper nutrition from the foods that you eat?
Most of us would say, 'I think so.' But the reality is ... that we are not.
We know that proper nutrition is the cornerstone for a healthy diet, but in today's culture of choices..., choices..., and 'would you like that super sized' ... how can we even begin to eat better?
Start by making healthy food choices; choosing a variety of different foods.
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