Not Your Grandmother’s Workout

blog-waterIf older women jumping up and down in a pool wearing shower caps is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of aqua aerobics, keep reading! While you aren’t wrong that this workout benefits older people, it shouldn’t be stigmatized to prevent other age groups from giving it a chance. Why should someone try aqua aerobics?

Almost Anyone Can Do It

Aqua aerobics is different than swimming, but it has the same benefits, including improved cardiovascular health. It can be a safe option for people with arthritis, diabetes and obesity, who might be otherwise restricted from physical activity. Aqua aerobics eases joint pain and improves the strength of your lower and upper body.

Feel Light as a Feather

Moving underwater works all of the major muscle groups in your body. It also makes you feel 90 percent less than your body weight! Working with 10 percent of your weight makes exercise virtually painless for people who have trouble being physical outside of the pool.

Work Hard Without Realizing It

Water is also 15 percent more resistant than air, so you’re working your muscles even harder than you would be out of the water. Since you feel almost weightless underwater, many people like to use water resistant tools, like dumbbells and ankle weights, to take full advantage of the difference.

Have a Blast

Aqua aerobics is more than jumping. If you’ve ever seen a large group together, they’re likely taking a class. Popular courses include water step, Zumba and kickboxing. You can have all of the benefits of an on-land workout in a fun, underwater environment! Exercising at a moderate level in a warm pool for 60 minutes can burn between 300 and 500 calories. The amount you burn will depend on your body weight and your level of intensity.

The swimming pool is a great place to beat the heat – so is an air conditioned gym! At North Haven Health & Racquet, you can cool off from the summer weather and get the exercise your body needs. Not a member? Try our one-day guest pass today.