Water Fitness: the health benefits of water exercises

June 11, 2009

Exercise & Fitness

Swimming is a great way to work out your muscles and staying healthy. But have you tried water fitness? More and more people are seeking water fitness classes. The health benefits of water fitness are attracting more and more practitioners. The first and foremost benefit is weight loss followed by weight maintenance, lots of therapeutic effects, socializing and lots of fun.

Without doing a heavy effort that you can feel after the workout, water exercises are great for sedentary people, those that need medical recuperation exercises or the elderly who cannot do other exercises. Water gymnastic works all the muscle groups and protects you from the usual workout accidents and health issues. The water exercises are almost the same as the aerobics or gymnastics ones.

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Just because you are doing the exercises in water doesn’t mean that you should skip warming up. Before getting into the water do some light stretching. After that continue the warm up into the water. Always before and after doing any type of workout you have to do some stretching exercises. In water the exercises are much easier to do even if they are more intense and require more effort than aerobics or weight lifting. Every move you do in water has to overcome the water resistance that is 10 times greater than that of air. Thus you will have to work 10 times harder to execute even the most minuscule movement. But in spite of this in water you get relaxed. Water fitness is fun and your body gets a good water massage too. The water massage will eliminate the surplus inches from your waistline and it will also help you get rid of cellulite too.

To do water fitness the water from the pool has to be at your chest level. The water fitness instructor can use during the class different light objects to help you do the water exercises. Water exercises and swimming are ideal physical activities for those suffering from arthritis because they fortify their joints and protects them by not putting any excess strain on them. Water fitness also puts the blood in motion helping the cardiovascular system become healthier. Water exercises are recommended to pregnant women with the consent of their doctor.

Usually the water exercises are done listening to energizing but relaxing music. You should do the water exercises slowly. If you want to sculpt your bum, hips and thighs you should try riding a aquabike. It is a stationary bike that is placed in water.

If you weigh 120 pounds in one hour of swimming you will burn 381 calories. In one hour of water fitness you will burn even more calories.

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