Water is a magic element where life originated. People are fascinated by its marvelous nature. Not able to walk yet, a baby can float without adults’ help.
Exercising in the water is also a great way to relieve stress, as the water massages and cools the body, relaxing the participants as they exercise.
Aqua aerobics is not only a great way to get fit but it is also one of the safest. It keeps the heart and lungs healthy whilst toning the body and reducing fat, and also provides a good opportunity for a splash about in the water. As the name suggests aqua aerobics is essentially aerobic exercise in the water. It typically takes place in shallow water at a swimming pool and as part of an organized group session that can last anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour. Workouts usually comprise of routines familiar to those who have experienced land aerobics, and could include jumping jacks, cross-country skiing motion and walking and running backwards and forwards. Workouts also commonly feature such special water devices, such as ‘noodles’ or ‘woggles’, which are used to aid floatation and resistance.
As well as easing concerns over safe exercising, there are numerous health benefits to performing aerobic exercise in the water. Most significantly it increases cardiovascular fitness, promoting the service the heart provides in pumping blood around the body, and improving aerobic endurance. It also strengthens and tones the body and improves flexibility.
The density of water means that it provides twelve times the resistance of air, and therefore makes an exercise on land twelve times harder in the water. This means participants expend a good deal more energy than their cousins in the gym performing the same routines. The resistance also means that opposing muscle groups are strengthened by pushing against the water.
Aqua aerobics is an ideal activity for those wanting to improve the health of their heart and lungs and burn off some calories but without suffering any wear and tear on their bodies. It’s useful for people of any age, especially for pregnant women and young mothers.
The main benefits of aqua aerobics are:
- Good for weight loss / fat burning
- Prevention of cellulite and varix dilatation
- Excellent cardio-respiratory exercise
- Renews your energy level as it releases your stress and tension
- Absolutely safe training for pregnant women
- Correction of faults in posture
- Water’s buoyancy lowers the risk of stress-related injuries that some land exercises have
- The water’s resistance against your movements results in a higher workout intensity compared to land exercises.
- Exercising in water requires you to support only 50% of your body weight, making exercises easier to perform.
- A massaging effect is created when your muscles are surrounded by water.
30-35 minute light training for beginners. Basic elements of aqua aerobics are taught.
Special 45 minute class with noodle, a flexible stick used for water exercise. Recommended for all fitness levels.
45 minute combined class with classic aqua aerobics elements and Aqua-Noodles. Recommended for all fitness levels.
45 minute power class for trained people with use of soft and hard dumbbells, flippers and aqua-boots.
45 minute medium load class with use of special aqua boots.