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What Water Aerobics Can Do for You:
Water Aerobics (from water aerobics for Dummies)
Water aerobics classes do workouts in waist- to neck-high water in a swimming pool. The resistance of the water makes the workout feel far more intense, while the water cushions you from the impact. Some of the more cutting-edge classes use equipment such as webbed gloves to make the workouts tougher.
Consider the following if you are interested in taking a water aerobics class:
What water aerobics does for you: Water workouts give you moderate fitness. Because water is 12 to 14 times thicker than air and offers resistance in every direction, these classes can give you
great muscle tone.
The exhaustion factor: Low. Most people won’t find water aerobics as hard as land-based aerobics. Although water is thicker and therefore harder to pull through than air, water really is a
gentler medium. Still, look for an occasional water workout to get you off your feet and to give
your muscles a balanced workout.
The coordination factor: Low. You’re forced to move so slowly that you have time to think about each move.
Who digs water aerobics: Anyone who likes the water, has injuries, or is in physical rehab. Water workouts are a terrific cross-training activity for runners, cyclists, and maniac aerobicizers. Water workouts are also great for pregnant women, older people, and people with multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, or other degenerative diseases because moving through the water is much easier on your body.
What to wear: A swimsuit that doesn’t creep up your rear end. Wear a pair of old sneakers or special aqua-exercise shoes so you don’t scrape your feet on the bottom. Shoes will add more
resistance to your workout.
Safety should be the first priority in any class. A good instructor will identify nonswimmers and insist that they wear life vests at all times during water aerobics. In water running, all class
members — even experienced swimmers — wear flotation vests.
Water aerobics can benefit almost anyone because of the way it conditions the major muscle groups and works your heart and lungs. This particular form of exercise is especially beneficial to people with fragile bones, such as the elderly. The motions are rhythmic and conditioned by the water, so there is much less stress placed on the joints. The water can also be a more comfortable environment for pregnant women or for people who overheat easily. Stay cool during the warm months by making water aerobics your primary source of exercise and warm in the cold months.
What to Bring:
Join a water aerobics class or work out on your own. Wear a bathing suit that fits you well and allows you to move freely in the water. Water shoes are optional but can provide Additional comfort. Swim caps can be worn to keep long hair away from the face and eyes while exercising. The instructor may provide additional equipment such as floating devices like noodles and kickboards.
What to Expect:
Water aerobics are composed of a diverse group of exercises. Your instructor will introduce you to many of these, but once you know a few, it is easy to work out independently. The water should be about as high as your chest. Begin by warming up with a walk or slow jog in the water, slowly increasing your pace. The instructor will mix up your workout by trying exercises such as knee-lifts and jumping jacks. For an upper-body workout, water weights or push down on a floating device, such as a kickboard, may be added.
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