Aquatic Exercise – February is the time to get FIT!
Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to get fit? Often people fail by February as we try the same old forms of exercise and get bored, or go to hard too soon and get injured, and ultimately fail. So, maybe it’s time to try something new?
The benefits of training in water for both athletes and the general public cannot be underestimated. Water is 15 times more resistant than air, so working out in a pool for 30 minutes gives you similar benefits of a two-hour, land-based workout. Training in the water additionally ensures that you stay cool in warmer temperatures and prevent overheating – particularly important with our extremely high temperatures these past few months, and our indoor pools mean that you are not breathing in smoky air whilst exercising.
Many people use water resistance training when injured to maintain their cardiovascular fitness with less impact and therefore less stress on joints, bones, and muscles because of the buoyancy of water. The water is also ideal for post workout recovery and stretching.
When standing in chest deep water, a person weighs only 10 percent of his or her normal body weight. The reduction means you can work out harder at higher intensity levels several days in a row, without causing wear and tear on your joints and general muscle soreness. The support provided by the water also makes it an ideal environment for people who suffer from arthritis, back pain, heart disease, obesity, fibromyalgia, or multiple sclerosis.
So what options are there to exercise in the water? Lap swimming is the ultimate all-in-one exercise, working most muscles in the body with every stroke, increasing flexibility and muscle endurance. Muscles are strengthened and toned as a result of water resistance, core strength is improved, and the nature of breathing whilst swimming promotes greater lung capacity.
Joining a local swim club is a great way to swim for fitness whilst socialising with other fans of swimming. We run weekly classes available for children and teenagers who like to swim for fitness, without the training schedule and competitive aspect that comes with squad swimming.
Aquarobics is another great exercise option which can be highly challenging and effective, and now attracts a mixed audience of participants across ages, genders and Aquarobics class types, ranging from gentle exercise to high intensity and deep water training. The beauty of Aquarobics is that you can work at your own pace, and that the exercise is low impact.
Whichever option you choose, please observe basic swim safety and enjoy your water workouts this summer. Good luck in achieving your fitness goals this year!