Water Aerobics - A Fun to Do Exercise
Water aerobics or aqua aerobics is a great combination of fun and exercise. Involving various body movements in a rhythmic style, it includes dance steps too. A standard session of water aerobics lasts for about 40 to 50 minutes. This workout program gradually increases from basic steps to high intensity exercises.
When it comes to improving cardiovascular health and muscle endurance, water aerobics is a safer alternative to standard aerobics, and it easily surpasses most other kinds of exercises. This workout concentrates on body parts such as limbs, chest, abdomen, neck and back. Because water aerobics is a low impact form of workout, it is especially beneficial for the elderly, and for people with arthritis, joint problems, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain and diabetes.
When the body is immersed in water, the body weight lightens due to buoyancy. This property of the water supports about 80% of the body's weight. For instance, a person who weighs about 154 pounds on land will weigh about 15 pounds in neck deep water. This makes water aerobics a non-weight bearing exercise that is less straining on the joints, back, and the torso. Buoyancy of water lessens chances of injury too.
Water is denser than air and so is the resistance offered by it. Thus, regular water exercise results in rapid toning of body muscles, as the water exerts resistance on the working muscles from all directions. That is why merely walking in the water for about an hour will burn nearly twice as many calories as walking on land would. Given this property of water, aqua aerobics especially comes in handy for rehabilitation of injured athletes and orthopedic patients.
Improved cardiovascular conditioning is one of the main health benefits of water aerobics. It helps increase the level of HDL (good) cholesterol and improve blood circulation. Compared to other land sports like cycling or running, the heart rate remains steady while working out in water. Furthermore, this exercise does not require many equipment like that in a gym.
Experts say that water aerobics is a less straining way to lose weight when compared to most other exercises. An hour of water aerobics can burn 402 calories for someone weighing 160 pounds, 501 calories for 200 pounds, and 600 calories for a 240-pound person. Besides, water aerobics is associated with low levels of strain, anxiety and fatigue, and more pleasure, fun and relaxation.
In aqua aerobics, you can not only get a total body exercise, but can also escape from the heat of summer. The water does not allow the body temperature to fluctuate, and maintains a constant temperature throughout, thus preventing overheating. You can keep cool and be comfortable even when the mercury is rising.
Drawbacks of Water Aerobics
Water aerobics cannot be performed without a swimming pool, or in some cases without an instructor; and pool membership is costly. Also, some people may have to deal with skin irritations and infections, mainly due to the types of chemical disinfectants used in the pool. To avoid such problems, it is advisable to take a proper shower as soon as you get out of the pool. Using proper swimming trunks also reduces the risk of waterborne infections.