Because water aerobics focuses on improving cardiovascular strength, and because it uses buoyancy to facilitate movements, the benefits are numerous and will improve not just your overall physical health, but your mental well being as well.
When you exercise in water, buoyancy takes strain off of your frame and joints. Runners and weight lifters often complain about aching joints and torn muscles, but this is extremely rare with water aerobics. As a result, you will feel refreshed and energetic after a session of aquatic exercise. This feeling of rejuvenation releases endorphins and actually makes you feel happier.
Because there is resistance to the water, you will tone your muscles, but because the resistance does not put undue strain on you, you will also improve your flexibility over time. Better flexibility can be applied outside of the water, whether walking, stretching or performing household tasks.
Lastly, performing water aerobics is good for your heart and burns calories (in fact some studies show that it is easier to burn calories in water than on land). People who are overweight are at risk for heart disease, so losing weight through water aerobics and strengthening your heart at the same time is a double-edged attack that leads to a longer, healthier life.
All you will need to get started is a good swimsuit— there are so many styles to choose from, including chlorine-resistant swimwear, crossback swimwear, long torso swimwear, et cetera— and a good local class or video program.next article >>