Whether you have an in-ground pool, above ground pool or are thinking about joining the "Y", water aerobics are a terrific calorie burner. In addition to the calories you burn, you will be giving your joints & and back a favor because of the low impact. I start my pool workout w/ 20 minutes of just walking the edge of the pool, 10 min. forward & 10 min. backward - even that required some time to work up to, walking in water is MUCH harder than it looks. I added one set of 4 laps of freestyle,
then 4 laps of another, plus the first, & worked my way up to all the strokes - freestyle, backstroke, butterfly (tough!), breast stroke (also tough), side stroke on right & left side & dog paddle (really hard). A great workout! Then you work to drag yourself out of the pool.
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I take classes in low impact aerobics, water aerobics, Zumba and Qigong. I am taking the classes with other people who are my age. This helps me to continue with the exercises having a suport group who are like me. I also have access to and use the fitness equipment on the days there are no classes.
My husband also goes with me to the exercise classes, it is wonderful for us to spend more time together and we are getting healthier at the same time. We meet new friends who have the same goals that we have.
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