(Original Post Date: 10/22/2012) I started a water aerobics class three weeks ago and am really enjoying it. This is a first time I’ve done water aerobics! There’s about 12 women and 2 men in the class, held at a local high school indoor pool where all different shapes, sizes and personalities splash about!
We all aren’t shaped like this!
It is a fun but serious workout, where we learn water-related exercises to a variety of musical accompaniment. We stretch to improve flexibility and work out to strengthen our cardiovascular system. The teacher, Robbie, is a kill! She is an excellent teacher, and I gauge this on how I caught on to the routine(s) fairly quickly!
There are many benefits to water exercise:
- Non-weight bearing exercise
- Improves muscular endurance
- Improves core strength and endurance
- Great exercise for pregnant women
- Improves flexibility
- Improves cardiovascular conditioning
- Burns enormous amount of calories
- Keeps the body cool during exercise
- Fun and enjoyable exercise
- Great way to modify or spice up normal routine
Keep in mind the ability to swim is not required for water aerobics. All you really need is a decent swim suit, motivation (the water in the pool at East High is between 78-80 degrees, so there’s no balking when the time comes to jump in!), and dedication to caring about your body.
It’s Fun to Splash About!
Research proves that as you improve physically, so do you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I think if I interviewed the people in my swim aerobics class, they would agree with the research. In fact, I’ve talked to a few of my classmates while splashing about. One told me she has lost 47 pounds since starting the class. Another one tells me how much better she sleeps at night. And another, he just likes to joke around and laugh!
Engaging in continuous exercise and being physically fit is incredibly important during any rehabilitation. If you are recovering from an injury, be sure to exercise everyday. I’m happy to help motivate others to exercise!
Stay tuned for more about the benefits of exercise and physical fitness…yoga yogi is coming in the future!
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