Water Aerobics Exercise

Water aerobics exercise is an excellent way for people of all ages and fitness levels to exercise in an injury free environment.

Water aerobics is an excellent way for people of all ages and fitness levels to exercise in an injury free environment. Water aerobics is recommended because of the natural scientific properties of water; buoyancy, gravity, pressure and warming and cooling properties. Water exercise can increase flexibility, strength, heart health, coordination, and overall well being.

The natural buoyancy we achieve in water can decrease our body weight by about 90%. This makes the impact on joints and muscles barely noticeable when doing aerobic exercise. On land the pounding of aerobics can be painful and dangerous. The buoyancy takes the pressure off of the joints. Buoyancy can allow a person with limited mobility

be able to run, stretch and move through the water in ways he could never do on land.



The natural resistance that water applies to the bodies movements makes building and toning the muscles possible. Any direction you move the water is resisting to build

stronger muscles. The harder you push or pull in the water the greater the resistance will be.

If you do water aerobics in a pool that is warm, about 80 to 88 degrees, your muscles and joints will loosen up and your movements will be lengthened. People with arthritis or

back pain will find the warmth of the water allowing them flexibility of movement and the ability to exercise they don't have on land. The full range of motion of the muscles

will be noticeable for many hours after exercising in the pool.

Burning calories doing water aerobics is double what you would burn on land. For example, walking for an hour on land burns about 240 calories. In the water, walking

will burn 530 calories. This is because it takes more muscles to move the legs through the water than the air.

Athletes who have been injured are often advised to turn to a pool to exercise. Water exercise is the best way to re-build a torn or strained tendon, rebuild muscles and loosen

joints after surgery.

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