When you’re young, the world is your oyster. Physical activity is a staple in maintaining a healthy physique and a great way to burn off stress as you build your life up. But, as all of us age, it takes longer for the body to heal itself. Sore muscles last for days longer and joint pain becomes a real thing.
So how do you stay fit and active in your later years? In this article, we are going to show you an amazing way to keep your physical activity way up (maybe more than ever) with very low impact on your joints. This means lots of exercise with virtually zero knee pain, hip pain or back pain. Today we are going to talk about Aqua Aerobics and how it can change your life and get you in the best shape you’ve ever been in.
Aqua aerobics has been around and growing in popularity for decades. Sometimes called water aerobics or aqua-fit, it is a form of exercise known to increase your heart rate and improve your cardiovascular fitness. The best part about aqua aerobics is that it is a low impact exercise.\
The term “aerobic” actually means “with oxygen”. This means that your oxygen controlled by your breathing helps your muscles move and burn calories. Aqua aerobics follows the same principles as regular aerobics, but just done in the water. This is why it places less strain on your joints.
Even though there is less strain on joints, don’t let that fool you into thinking it is easy! Aqua aerobics helps to strengthen your body because water acts as natural resistance. In fact, water offers much more resistance than air meaning each movement is just a tiny bit harder; but that tiny bit sure adds up quickly! Plus in water, there is resistance in both directions of movement; push and pull. You will be working on ALL muscle groups in a very dynamic way so you basically get a double benefit for the same effort.
Aqua aerobics is a very rewarding and beneficial total-body workout that carries with it a lower risk of injury when compared to regular weight training or aerobics in a gym. It is perfectly suitable for people of all ages but has been growing in popularity among people ages 50+.
Here are seven of the major benefits of doing Aqua Aerobics:
There are some minor points to consider before you take the plunge. First being if you’re pregnant, aqua aerobics is a safe activity as long as you do not over strain yourself. The added bonus is being in a heated pool can really reduce some of the pregnancy stress and the weightlessness can reduce the strain on your back. Remember to ask your doctor before you start.
And in general, if you have any health concerns or heart condition worries, check with your doctor before you take on any new physical activities. If you are overweight or just beginning a weight loss program, aqua aerobics is a terrific place to start as the water will reduce the amount of stress put on your joints, knees and back.
The great thing about aqua aerobics is they can be done in just about any pool. For most people, their home pool is probably the best option. Inviting a friend or partner also helps to motivate you to stay at it and develop a weekly routine.
As far as the pool water temperature goes, you don’t want it to be so cold that it discourages you from getting your exercise. If you are using your pool for exercise, you may not need to heat it very much. According to the Red Cross, a pool should be heated up to 28C if you are planning to do any physical training or exercise.
That’s where we come in. At Tropical Energy Solutions, we have a total pool heating solution for any pool here on the Costa Blanca. From all of the top brands like Poolex, Toshiba, Zodiac and our own Inverter Pro Series. We can heat your pool for a fraction of what you think a pool heater will cost. Pair it with one of our custom pool covers made in the Costa Blanca and your pool will stay at the perfect temperature all year.
Although a younger person may be able to get by just jumping in the pool and going straight for it, there are some things that will make your training with aqua aerobics a bit more enjoyable.
Got a pool? Well here are 5 simple aqua aerobic exercises that you can start doing today! Remember how many calories you're gonna burn and how good you’re gonna feel after doing it. Let’s get started!
Targeting your arms, core, and lower body, walking in water is a great exercise to start off with as it helps you get a feeling for how you can create resistance.
This exercise is perfect for anyone just starting out. It really works your shoulders and arms while strengthening your core and legs.
Leg kicks are a great leg and core exercise. Great for increasing your stability and coordination.
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