Water exercise is often considered a low-intensity workout appropriate for only the elderly or those with fitness limitations. 

However, water aerobics actually offers multiple benefits for any fitness level and it comes in a variety of formats including step, Zumba, kickboxing, tai chi and yoga.  While similar to land aerobics, which focuses primarily on cardiac training, water aerobics has the added components of water resistance and buoyancy.  Even though heart rate does not typically increase as much as in land-based aerobics, the heart is working just as hard and the hydrostatic pressure helps to pump more blood back to the heart as well as decreasing lactic acid build up in the muscles.   Here are just a few benefits to get you thinking about adding aqua aerobics to your workout schedule:

  1. 30 to 60 minutes 2-3 times a week can train the heart and lungs the same as cycling or running
  2. The natural buoyancy of the water supports the body and relieves stress on joints, tendons and ligaments
  3. The body is 90% lighter in the water which means less impact for those with joint issues such as arthritis, joint replacement, limited range of joint movement, etc
  4. Water provides 12 times the resistance as land movement
  5. Improves muscle endurance
  6. Improves core strength
  7. Improves flexibility
  8. Improves cardiovascular strength
  9. A great workout venue for cross training
  10. Therapeutic for those recovering from an injury or some surgeries
  11. Reduces the risk of chronic illness
  12. Modifications of exercises are simple to do in the water
  13. Water helps prevent the body from overheating

Whether you choose to work out in the shallow or deep end of the pool, the benefits of exercising in the water are endless.  Come and enjoy the fun, warm water temperature and great workout with us here at the KCH Wellness Department.

For more information call: 740.393.9875