Working out is fun, especially when you do it in the water! Water is one of the best fitness tools: It provides resistance, which strengthens muscles and boosts cardio intensity. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, a novice swimmer, or recovering from and injury, you can get in the water and receive a good workout. Swimming is definitely a beneficial exercise, but what other options do you have in the pool?
- Aqua Running/Walking – Similar to land running/ walking but with the added benefits of the water. Running in the water reduces the impact of each foot strike, minimizing wear on muscles and joints. Additionally, it helps prevent injuries and allows those who are already injured to continue working out and building strength while they heal.
- Water Aerobics – Water aerobics allows a person to get the same benefits as regular aerobic workouts but with the added benefits of water. Aerobics can be defined as any physical exercise that increases the heart rate and increases the body’s intake of oxygen long enough to benefit the condition of the human body. The water causes your body to be buoyant, thus causing less stress on your joints and muscles. It provides a great deal of resistance in all directions for your muscles to work against.
- Water Toning/Strength – These exercises are designed to strengthen, firm,and sculpt the muscles by using the resistance of the water and/or water exercise equipment. Training in the water is a safe choice for most people and is a valuable form of physical activity. Exercise equipment used may include: water dumbbells, pool noodles, kick boards, fins, etc..
- Water Flexibility/Joint – These movements and exercises use each body part’s full range of motion. This also includes full body stretches. While doing these exercises, you will focus on increasing your flexibility, balance, and range of motion. These movements and stretches will ease stiff joints and relax sore muscles.
- Lap Swimming – Swimmers favor lap swimming as it is a great form of cardio workout. You can utilize the different the different swim strokes or equipment as an added benefit. Challenge your lap swim workouts with timed swims, distance swims, and interval workouts.
- Water Therapy & Rehabilitation – Aqua therapy utilizes the pressure, heat, resistance, buoyancy and uniqueness that exercising in water holds. Light aerobic activities, stretching and strengthening exercises can all be performed. It is not necessary for patients to know how to swim before initiating an aquatic therapy program.
Regardless of what option you choose, you will discover the many benefits that the water has to offer!