You’re a Mom who is looking for a way to get in shape, but without the pounding of a treadmill. Your knees are starting to bother you, and it’s time to look for a low impact workout. You’re a runner who is looking for a cross training alternative. Aqua aerobics can help in all of these situations, and many more.
So how do you get started?
Get in the water and move. Aqua aerobics is simply using the water to raise your heart rate and increase your intake of oxygen – that’s the aerobic part. If you want to do some weight work, that can be accomplished in the water.
If you are interested – like the runner – in a solid cardio cross training option, water workouts are great for that. The biggest thing is to find a place to get in the water and get moving – with an exercise that feels right for you.
Here are some resources with great ideas about exercise options for the water:
Start by deciding what exercise you enjoy – you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Then just think about translating your favorite workout routine to the water.
An all around workout option. For the Mom who is looking to get in shape, an aqua aerobics routine can provide a well rounded exercise option, and – you can do the whole routine in your back yard pool. To start with some ab exercise, fold a towel lengthwise and lay it along the side of the pool.
Put your arms up on it while you’re facing the pool, then pull your knees up against your chest, and lower them back down. Try to do that for 10 to 20 reps. For cardio work – simply go to the deep end of your pool and tread water.
This exercise will give you a cardio burn, along with working your arms, shoulders and legs. For some leg work – do squats in water that is waist deep. Spend 30 minutes in your back yard pool, and you’ll get in a great workout!
A low impact workout. As you’ve gotten older, your knees are starting to ache a little. You used to work out in the gym, and you want to keep in condition, but it’s time for something different. Try aqua aerobics. Think of it like a gym in the water. Any of the workout routines you could do in the gym can be performed in the pool.
The big difference is the low impact element. The water provides buoyancy, and supports most of a person’s body weight. So the lunges you did in the gym now feel lighter – the foot strike is much more gentle.
That means the exercise is easier on your legs, and doesn’t cause your knees to ache like those lunges you did in the gym.
A great cardio option. If a runner is looking for a way to cross train, or let a sore knee heal with some time off from the running trail, look no further than aqua jogging. Simply go to the community pool when the lap lanes are open, and take off through the water with a good jogging posture.
One of the biggest benefits of water workouts is resistance. Trying to push through water takes work, because you’re pushing against a dense wall of water.
The harder you push, the harder you work. If aqua jogging is too much, just slow down to an aqua walking pace. Just think – if it is way too hot to run outside, you can now get in a cardio workout in the coolness of the water.
To discover the joys of aqua aerobics, the best thing to do is – just try it. You’ll quickly begin to appreciate the benefits and the pleasures of water workouts.
About The Author:
Kaitlin Gardner started AnApplePerDay.com to further her passion for a family friendly, green living lifestyle. She is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoy going for long hikes, to get out and enjoy nature. She is working on her first book about ways to live an eco-friendly, healthy, natural life.