The Benefits of Water Workouts

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What does your mind conjure up when you hear the term "water exercise"? Is it a bunch of older women wearing skirted swim suits and flowered swim caps while bobbing around in the shallow end of the pool? How about a bunch of older men wearing speedos while swimming laps? If those are the types of images you're conjuring, it may be time for you to take a field trip to your local swimming pool to check out the water exercise options.

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Benefits

Water exercise has become a big business in recent years. With baby boomers hitting their 50s and 60s, and with a greater population of overweight and obese individuals than ever before, water exercise enables those who may find land-based exercise uncomfortable or painful to continue maintaining an active lifestyle. Consider just a few of the benefits of water-based exercise:

  • Improved cardiovascular fitness.
  • Improved muscular strength.
  • Improved balance and coordination.
  • Improved flexibility.
  • Improved mental health.
  • Ability to exercise without impact—this allows individuals with chronic pain or inflammation to exercise with minimal irritation.
  • The buoyancy of the water enables individuals who are overweight or obese to take the stress off their bones and joints while exercising.

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Types

You can find an aquatic version of almost every land-based exercise out there. This means that whether you're a cycling chick, a boot camp guy, or a rock-climbing diva, there's an aquatic fitness opportunity that will match your exercise preferences. Granted, facilities do have to cater to their demographics, so if you're in a small town with an older population, you may have a hard time finding an Aqua Zumba class, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. Consider a few of the following aquatics classes offered in facilities around the country:

  • Ai Chi (aquatic Tai Chi)
  • Aqua Zumba
  • Aqua Cycling
  • Water Circuit
  • Tsunami Bootcamp
  • Water Weights
  • Water Walking/Water Jogging
  • Flipped Out (A class done while wearing flippers)
  • Arthritis Class

Finding a Class

Call your local fitness center or community swimming pool and ask if they offer a variety of different water exercise classes. Most facilities will allow you to watch or try out a class for a day to see if it's the workout you were hoping for. Choose a class or two and check them out. And remember, you don't have to be an awesome swimmer to partake in water-based fitness. You just can't be afraid of getting wet.

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