Water Aerobic Exercises
Water aerobic exercises are perfect for seniors, children and everyone
These exercises are a great way to get a
fantastic and fun workout.
This form of aerobic exercises are
generally done in shallow water such as a swimming pool.
people refer to it as AquaFit or Aqua Aerobics.
There are some aquatic workouts that are performed in the deeper
waters but many classes and exercise routines are done in the shallow
These are not only a great way to get your workout but
a great way to beat the summer heat. What I love about them
is no one can tell when I’m sweating.
What Are Water Aerobic Exercises?
aerobics are typical exercises you may do on the land but instead
they are performed in the water.
Some typical exercise
routines may including walking
or jogging in place in the water,
hopping or jumping jacks, imitating cross country skiing and various
Many water aerobic exercise routines will also incorporate strength
training movements. The water provides an excellent
resistance in order to tone and build your lean muscle mass
Advantages and Disadvantages of Water Aerobics
As with any exercise, there are advantages and disadvantages as
compared to other types of workouts.
of Water Aerobics
In addition to the typical benefits to exercise, aquatic exercises give
you the added benefit reducing the risk of joint and muscle
By performing exercises in the water, your body is
supported and there is less stress on your muscles when stretching.
This allows a greater range of motion.
When exercising in water you are also preventing overheating as you are
constantly cooling down your body in the water.
aerobics are a great stress reliever.
Be sure to read this article to find out what other benefits
water aerobic exercises
can give you.
of Water Aerobics
Water aerobic exercises require access to a swimming pool. If
you have a swimming pool then you are set to go. However not
everyone has a pool so this form of exercising can get
In addition to the cost of the swimming pool
facility, many places charge an additional fee for the aerobics
Unless you have access to an indoor pool, another disadvantage to
this type of exercise is that it can be seasonal only. Depending on the
area you live, jumping in an outdoor pool in the middle of winter may
not be an option.
If you have access to a swimming pool, and weather permitting if it's
outdoors, then adding at least one day a
week of water aerobics is a great way to get fit and healthy.
It's a great way to keep your exercise routines varied.
Water Aerobics for Seniors
we age our bones become weaker and our joints ache more. This
difficult to perform certain exercises. However, seniors can
the benefits of aerobic exercises with water aerobics.
exercise reduces the impact to the joints and bones but still provides
a great cardio workout.
Because the water adds an additional
resistance you are working your heart without overheating your body.
This type of exercise also builds lean muscle which helps to
strengthen the bones.
That's why water aerobics
perfect choice for both aerobic exercise and strength training
How Many Calories Will I Burn?
One question people as of aquatic exercises (or with any exercise) is
"how many calories will I burn?".
you are trying to lose weight, and have added a workout routine to your
diet plan, then the number of calories you burn is important to your
The amount of calories burned during exercise has many
variables. The most common variables include weight, age, intensity,
duration and resistance.
Other variables, which are harder to
factor into the calculation, include environmental factors such as
temperature, humidity levels or even the clothing you wear while
Each of these variables plays a part in the amount
of calories expended while performing an exercise. Depending on the
exercise, the impact that variable has on the calculation can
instance, if you are going for a brisk walk, then your weight has a
greater impact on calories expended than if you were riding a
The more weight you bear during a workout, the
more calories burned. So while walking, your weight is a larger factor
in determining the number of calories burned.
But when you hop on a
bike, you are no longer performing a "weight bearing" exercise, so your
weight plays less of a role in determining the amount of calories burned.
may lead you to believe that water aerobics, which is a lower
weight bearing exercise, would not burn as many calories as your brisk
walk. Well, this is not necessarily true. While your weight may not be
as large of a factor, the resistance factor is greater.
a couple of studies (Cassady 1992 and Darby 2000) compared upper and
lower body workouts done on land versus in the water. To sum up the
results, these studies showed that performing the exercises in the
water created a higher MET (metabolic equivalent) versus on land.
studies estimated that if both the upper and lower body movements were
combined in the water, you would expend approximately 7-15
would compare to running or walking at 10-11 minutes /
Basically, you would be burning
approximately 400 to 500 calories
for one hour of water aerobic exercises. This makes aquatic exercises a
addition to your weight loss workout routines
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