7 Water Exercise Routines

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/10/2010 12:00 PM   :  34 comments   :  170,558 Views

One of my favorite activities, aside from running, is water aerobics. Some gyms refer to these classes as Aqua-Exercises, Hydro-Workouts or Aquatic Exercises. If you have never taken a water aerobics class, I highly encourage you to do so. Not only will you receive a great cardio workout, but you might be surprised by the strength training benefits you can gain from using the water as resistance. Because of the buoyancy of the water, working out in the pool provides a perfect medium for those who must avoid high impact exercise.Water exercises make it easier for those who suffer from arthritis or for those who find land-based exercises to be too high impact for their joints.

For those of you who may have access to a pool, but not to a class, I have linked you to some good basic water exercises and routines you can do with or without equipment.

A few things to consider when exercising in the pool.
  • Your exercise heart rate will be lower in the water compared to doing land-based exercises. This effect is due to the buoyancy and cooling effects of the water.

  • Water aerobics allows for a greater range of motion, therefore, helping us with flexibility.

  • Because of the water's natural resistance, it helps us build greater muscle tone and endurance.

As with any other exercise routine, just be certain you get medical clearance from your health care provider before taking the plunge.

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Have you participated in a water aerobics class? What are some of your favorite exercises? If you have never participated in a class, would you consider adding some of these exercises to your workout routine?


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