The Many Benefits of Water Exercise

The Many Benefits of Water Exercise

I’ve never really associated swimming as a “hard” workout, because while I’m swimming, I don’t necessarily feel like I’m exercising. Since I’m in water I don’t sweat, and although there is resistance, theAttribution to Kimberly Recor
motion of being in water is so fluid that it usually doesn’t seem very strenuous. It’s much later, usually after being out of the water for a couple of hours, that my muscles begin to feel a little sore and that I feel the exhaustion that accompanies a proper workout.

Water has natural buoyancy that provides your body with support, so the injury-risk associated with water-based exercise is quite low. For seniors it can be an ideal workout, since the risk of falling or hurting yourself is much lower than any other exercise program.

Since exercising is an important part of healthy aging, adapting a low-impact workout program such as water aerobics or light swimming could really benefit your health and state of mind.  With so many proven benefits, it’s no wonder water exercise is rising in popularity. Read on for some of the many ways water exercise can benefit you.

Low/No Pain Factor
As stated before, the risk associated with water exercise is extremely low. Since being in water can “reduce” the weight of a person by almost 90%, there is less stress on your joints and muscles. Those who are not able to comfortably work out on dry land may find that they can work out in water relatively pain-free. Being in water also gives you a wider-range of motion, which can help increase your agility and flexibility. Many doctors will recommend water exercise to those suffering from arthritis or osteoporosis, because it allows for a pain-free workout.

Balancing Act
Water’s buoyancy also makes it almost impossible to fall, which can be a saving grace for those who have balance problems. You can work on your balance without the fear of falling and injuring yourself.

Keep Cool
Water exercise is the only workout that won’t let you sweat, as the water will continuously cool you down, keeping you from overheating.

Get Strong and Get Your Heart Pumping
The natural resistance of water makes it perfect for strength training. You can use foam weights or quick movements to build muscle strength and endurance. It’s a great way to get your heart pumping. It is a low-impact workout with high impact results

So, lets say you’re interested in water exercise, but you don’t like swimming? There are other ways you can get the benefits that come with working out in water, without actually having to swim.

Water Aerobics
This is one of the most popular forms of water exercise, and can include anything from water Zumba to water yoga. Water aerobics focus on cardio training but, due to water’s resistance, it naturally strengthens and develops your muscles. Most community/recreation pools will offer classes taught by a professional instructor. This usually is done in waist-depth water, but there is also deep-water aerobics for those who prefer that form.

Water Walking
This form of exercise is as easy as it sounds. By walking in waist-deep water you’re getting a great aerobic workout that also strengthens and builds muscles.  This is great for those who aren’t ready to “take the plunge yet”, but who want to get some of the benefits water exercise can provide.

Most community pools or gyms offer some form of water exercise. If you’re just starting out, it would probably be wise to work with a trained instructor in order to make sure you’re getting the best, safest workout possible. If you have health issues, always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

Author: Kimberly Recor at Designing Brighter Tomorrows

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