We all have to start somewhere. Many water aerobics beginners usually practice in shallow water that’s chest to waist deep. Deep-water exercises will rev up the intensity of your workout by forcing you to completely submerge all of your limbs in water, pitting each move you make against the resistance of the water.
In deep water, you’ll find that routine shallow water exercises like water walking or water jogging feel very different. You’ll no longer be able to touch your feet to the floor to push off for your next stride. Instead, you’ll have to rely on the power of your muscles and joints to propel you through the water.
Performing water aerobics in deep water is also ideal for anyone looking for a complete non-impact workout. Because of the fact that your feet usually won’t hit the floor in the deep-end of the pool, there is very little impact at all associated with these exercises. For that reason, deep-water exercises are perfect for rehabilitation purposes or individuals with arthritis or very weak joints.
If you’re considering starting a deep-water workout routine, here are some quick tips:
1. Use Floaties (For Grown-Ups!)
You can use flotation devices, like noodles and belts, to keep you afloat and your back in vertical position.
2. Gear Up
For added resistance, you can also use equipment like AquaJoggers, hand buoys, water dumbbells and water barbells to provide you with a more intense workout.
3. Add to Your Swimsuit Stash
Since your swimsuit will be completely submerged in chlorinated water, you should invest in some chlorine resistant swimwear that looks and feels brand new, swim after swim.
4. Just Add Water
Make sure to bring drinking water. Even though the pool water will help keep you cool throughout your workout, you’ll still be sweating so it’s important to keep replenishing your body’s fluids.
5. Know Your Limits
Before you begin a deep-water exercise program, make sure that your instructor is on board and that you’re truly ready for it. While the fitness benefits may be great, you don’t want to push yourself too hard.