Summer is great. We love getting out in our cute outfits, lounging about in the sun, and grabbing a few drinks with some close friends and gossiping about our favourite celebrities, bloggers, or games (whatever we’re into really). However, summer also means high temperatures, humidity, bright sunshine and a longing for a refreshing swim. Luckily, swimming isn’t just wetting our feet from the tide washing up on the beach (although that’s certainly pleasant), here are 10 great reasons to indulge in water aerobics!
1. Great Low Impact Exercise After Injury
If you’ve ever suffered a sports or fitness injury, your trainer or doctor likely advised you to take it easy, but that doesn’t mean you have to do nothing. According to the American College for Sports Medicine, if you’ve suffered a strain, sprain or tear, “you can still maintain an aerobic training program throughout your recovery” and suggests swimming, including walking or running in the water after a rest period of 48-72 hours.
2. Swimming Laps Can Improve Your Fitness
Of course, you don’t have to have an acute injury to enjoy some water aerobics. Water aerobics can really get your heart rate pumping and there are lots of ways to do it. You might choose to swim laps or the length of your local pool improving your technique in the freestyle or front crawl, breast stroke, back stroke, or butterfly. Each of these will also train your muscles as the water acts as a resistance on the body parts you move in the water. You’ll easily strengthen your biceps, triceps, quads, hamstrings, traps and gluts when you work through each technique.
3. Lots Of Variety
Check out your local pool to see if they offer water aerobics classes (usually called Aqua Fit). Aqua Fit is a group exercise program that often attracts seniors for its low impact yet effective full body workout. It uses minimal equipment, just your swim suit and a buoy. Instructors may teach a HIIT style class, a resistance training class, or a cardio class. There are also more specialized classes available like Aqua Zumba, Aqua Kickboxing, and Aqua Yoga that might be a fun new class to try.
4. Pre Or Post-natal? Water Aerobics Will Keep You Feeling Great
Because of the water’s buoyancy, water aerobics exercises are optimal for you if you’re pre or post-natal. It’s low-impact style is less stressful on a mother-to-be especially if she’s having a hard time participating in her regular fitness routine. The same goes for new moms who want to get back into a fun, new fitness routine.
5. Not Into Competition? Water Aerobics Has You Covered
Regular aerobics classes might not be your cup of tea if you’re not overly competitive or you’re on the shy side. The water aerobics classes offers the advantage of you having your body more than half submerged in the water (particularly if you’re in the deep end of the pool) so your peers can’t really see how you’re doing a move, so you’ll likely feel more confident even if you do make some mistakes.
6. Helps You Lose Weight
If losing some weight is on your to-do list this summer, consider taking to the pool or beach along with your sensible diet. Swimming laps or taking a water aerobics class is a major calorie burn. The resistance training component also burns calories (according to Harvard Medical School, a 155-pound person will burn about 149 calories during a 30-minute water aerobics class), and you can keep it simple like walking across the pool floor or aim for a challenge and try the pike move to work on your core strength. If the water’s particularly cold, you’ll also burn calories as your body works to heat itself back up again.
7. Great For Relieving Stress
Water in general can be very relaxing and calming, especially if you can turn on some meditative music and float for a little while. Enjoy the soothing feeling of the water against your skin and let it bring you back to nature.
8. Balance Yourself Out
Water aerobics offers you the chance to use full range of motion because it is so gentle. You can balance out your body by using that full range and effectively working all the muscle groups. For example, if you were to move your arm as though you were doing a bicep curl, you could effectively engage the tricep in the same movement by extending your arm fully allowing it to move all the way back.
9. Good For Better Sleep
If you’ve ever found yourself swimming in the evening, you probably notice that you do feel tired afterward. While exercise in general can help improve your sleep, water aerobics in particular increases your blood flow which impacts the quality of your sleep.
10. It’s Trendy So Why Not Give It A Try?
Because baby boomers are aging but still want to look and feel their best, water aerobics will continue to grow in popularity and so will the options for different kinds of aquafit classes. Water aerobics may even be offered closer to home than you think, if you live in a condo that has a pool, it’s very likely that a water aerobics class may be offered there.
- “Calories burned in 30 minutes for 3 different weights”. Harvard Health Publications. 1 Jul. 2004. http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/Calories-burned-in-30-minutes-of-leisure-and-routine-activities.htm
- Grevelding, Mark. “10 Top Reasons Why You Should Exercise in Water”. Water Ways Fitness. http://www.waterwaysfitness.com/library/Misc/Top10List.pdf
- “Sprains, Strains, and Tears”. American College of Sports Medicine. 2011. https://www.acsm.org/docs/brochures/sprains-strains-and-tears.pdf