If you think water aerobics are just for the elderly, think again! While it is true that water exercises are a popular choice for older people with mobility issues, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be an effective workout for you, too!
In water, there’s no gravity. This creates a buoyancy that allows for a low-impact workout that is highly effective with numerous health benefits.
- Burn calories. The density of water provides approximately 12 times more resistance than air, which helps you burn more calories in a shorter amount of time! You can choose to target certain muscle groups or do a full-body workout.
- Improve balance and flexibility. Whether you participate in a water aerobics class using foam boards and weights or you simply walk back and forth in the pool, every little water movement can help to improve your balance. There are even special shoes that can be worn to help give you extra traction for water walking. Plus, if you ever lose your balance in the water, you don’t have to worry about injuring yourself like you would if you took a tumble onto solid ground.
- Speed up recovery. Because of how gentle water is on the body, water aerobics are often recommended as a key step in the recovery process for people who have experienced certain types of injuries and/or surgical procedures.
- Reduce stress. Like other forms of exercise, water aerobics helps to release endorphins, your body’s natural mood booster and painkiller. Many people find that exercising in water that is close to body temperature (98.6° F) is very relaxing and can even help you get a better night’s sleep.
Ready to give water aerobics a try? Look for a class at your local gym or recreational facility.