By: Brian Tomlinson
Your workout doesn’t have to be limited to the fitness floor. Add variety to your exercise routine by including water workouts. Water workouts are fun and can give you great results. Here are five benefits of water exercise:
Low impact on your body
Exercising in water reduces the impact of gravity on your body. This makes water exercise a great option for those with joint conditions, such as arthritis, or who need physical rehabilitation.
Water resistance is a more natural resistance which requires the body to strain through the water rather than against it (Revolution, 2015). Traditional weights require you to push and pull against gravity.
Get a full body workout
Water flows in multiple directions causing a resistance up to 42 times greater than air (Revolution, 2015). This is great for increasing the strength of your muscles, flexibility and agility.
Lowers blood pressure
Water pressure allows your blood flow to circulate more effectively throughout the body, decreasing blood pressure and putting less stress on your heart (Revolution, 2015).
Complete a wide-range of exercises
There are several exercises you can complete in the water to reach your health and fitness goals. Examples are: Zumba®, yoga, walking, jogging, forward and side lunges, leg balance, sidestepping, pool planks, deep water bicycle, arm raises, push-ups, standing knee lifts and more (Mulcahy, 2016). There are group exercise water classes available at the Center with our degreed and certified fitness specialists who can show you safe and effective techniques in the water to optimize your workout.
Consider adding water workouts to your routine. Burn calories, strengthen your body, relieve stress and enhance your overall fitness plan.
Mulcahy, J. A. (2016, October). 10 Exercises To Do In the Pool. Retrieved from Move Forward: https://www.moveforwardpt.com/resources/detail/top-10-exercises-to-do-in-pool
Revolution, H. F. (2015, May 20). Top 10 Health Benefits of Water Aerobics. Retrieved from HealthFitnessRevolution: https://www.healthfitnessrevolution.com/top-10-health-benefits-water-aerobics/
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