- Increases flexibility – Due to the water resistance, the body is required to move in different directions whilst adapting to the pull and push of the water. Naturally, this increases the joints span of motion which increases flexibility.
- Low impact – Often during land workouts, there can be a lot of pressure placed on to our joints. In aqua aerobics workouts, the water buoyancy helps reduce the impact on our bodys. Our bodys are not affected by gravity the same as when we are on land, so the impact of running on land on our joints is not the same as running in the water. This also gives people a greater range of movement and increased coordination.
- Alleviates joint pressure – Aqua aerobics is a type of therapy for people who have problems with their joints.
- Burn calories/lose weight – During an aqua aerobics class you get a full body workout mixing both cardio and strength exercises. Depending on water temperature, buoyancy, volume, cardio activity and weight, during a aqua aerobics class the body is able to burn between 375 and 500 calories per hour.
- Lowers blood pressure – As well as the water working your muscles, it also helps your blood pressure as the water pressure enables blood to flow and circulate more efficiently around the body. This helps decrease blood pressure as well as lowering resting heart rate in the long term. There is less stress placed within your heart whilst maintaining productivity.
Who is aqua aerobics suitable for?
Aqua aerobics is suitable for most types of people. It is a popular activity that is not targeted towards a specific age group or level of skill. It is a great activity for bonding with family and friends as the workout appeals to both the young and older generations. However, the sport is especially suitable for people who are;
- Pregnant- This will be beneficial for both your mental and physical health. Also, the water supports the weight from your baby bump and helps to take the pressure off of your back, reducing back pain.
- Suffering with mobility problems – The water helps support the body and puts less pressure on muscles and joints.
- Suffering from physical restrictions
- Overweight – Your weight is supported in the water so you are able to achieve much more when you are just starting out.
- Suffering from arthritis/ going through physical rehabilitation
- However, if you do suffer from any health conditions, it can be beneficial to check with a GP before starting any new exercise.
Why is aqua aerobics beneficial from a mental perspective?
As well as aqua aerobics having physical benefits there are also many mental health benefits including;
- Aqua aerobics is a great social activity, people of all ages can join in so can be a fun way to stay fit with friends and family.
- Improves mood
- Improves family connections
- Decreases anxiety
- Relieves stress – Exercising in water can be a soothing and relaxing activity. Many people find even just watching the water can reduce feelings of stress.