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August 8, 2008 at 4:47 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

What Is Aquatic Exercise?

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An Explanation of Aquatic Exercise

Aquatic exercise is a popular form of exercise that helps with endurance, but can also be very therapeutic. Aquatic exercise can be a great low-impact way to take pressure of the joints, bones and muscles. It is great to use for cardiovascular training, relaxation, and rehabilitation.

Why Water?

Water provides a natural resistance (twelve times more than air) against the body which helps to build muscles. Every little movement in the water is helpful to building and strengthening muscles.

Who Should Participate in Aquatic Exercise?

Aquatic exercise is ideal for people of all ages, whether they are able to swim or not. It helps people who are having difficulty with their joints or arthritis. It can also help people who are overweight and would like to begin an exercise program; it is a great way to ease into more physical exercise. It is also helpful to people who are in wheelchairs or who use walkers for movement. It helps those people to stand, (with the help of some flotation devices), but it gives them the stability and practice to stand on their own. Water has always been known to be relaxing because of the feeling it gives around the body. But it has also been found that those who participate in aquatic exercise use it as a stress reliever. Exercise alone can be a stress reliever for many, but joining it with water is even better. Both exercise and water relax people and take them to a different state of mind and can help people to stop worrying about their everyday stresses.

Types of Aquatic Exercise

There are many different types of aquatic exercise. The most common types of workouts that one may find at a fitness center would be:

  • Water aerobics: Similar to regular aerobics in a fitness class, people dance, jog, kick box and do other aerobic moves while in the water. Different water levels help to improve the intensity of the workout.
  • Deep-water exercise: Most commonly used for rehabilitation. By using floatation devices, people are able to jog and do sit-ups.
  • Lap swimming: This is recommended as a warm-up before some aquatic exercises, but can also be a specific way to workout also. People can learn to do different techniques, strokes, turns and dives, as well as using different water equipment while doing so. It is great for building up endurance and breathing techniques as well.
  • Holistic workout: This can incorporate yoga or pilates exercises into the aquatic form. Many of the movements and poses are used while in the water and provide great relaxation, flexibility and strength.

Where Can You Find Aquatic Exercise?

Aquatic exercise classes are offered at some fitness or community centers. It is a good idea to check around your community for classes offered. There can be a range of the classes offered as well. Aquatic exercise can be practiced alone, for those who are using it primarily for strength and cardiovascular training, once they have learned techniques and movements that are beneficial. There are also a number of instructional books and videos that properly display aquatic exercises.

Sources: http://www.genesee.edu/athletics/fitness/aquatic.cfm|

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/aquatic-exercise/SM00055&slide=1|

http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/watery_workout?page=2

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