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Benefits of Aqua Aerobics in your Swimming Pool
Your swimming pool isnt just for raft floating and sun tanning anymore. The benefits of using your pool for aquatic aerobics, a low impact exercise routine done in the water, are far reaching for long term overall heath solution. The buoyancy of your body mass in the water helps to reduce the shock impacts on your bones and joints that would normally occur when exercising or jogging in a regular non-aquatic setting. Additionally, the resistance the water provides helps to build strength, stamina and an all around good feeling. The benefits are numerous, assuming, of course, you do not have a fear of the water and you know how to swim. While there are exercises designed for individuals without any swimming experience, we're not sure it's a good idea to start exercising in your swimming pool with first learning some basic pool water safety lessons. These lessons are not offered in this article.
Aqua Aerobics are great no matter what your current fitness level. It helps for fat burning, weight loss, builds flexibility and strength. You might be surprised how quickly you will be shopping for a new wardrobe to fit the new you! On average, you can burn about ten calories per minute. That's 450 calories in a 45 minute low-impact workout in your own pool! Turn on the radio and it may seem more like a resort vacation. Okay, the resort thing may be pushing it a bit.
A great way to start is to simply start "jogging" inside your swimming pool. Add in some leg kicking movements and squatting and you making it happen for yourself. As you become more confident you can start jogging in slightly deeper water as to immerse your arm underwater. The added resistance against your arms while jogging will make the workout a little more intense. Depending on your fitness level, for the kicking part of your workout you might want to lean against in inner wall of you pool and use your arms to support and balance yourself. You will, however get more out of your work out if you are not leaning against the wall for support. Please remember to breathe! Proper breathing is important as with any exercise regimen.
Some other benefits you might not have thought of
Working out in your own pool, you can wear what you want, (if anything at all). You dont have to worry about matching your gym cloths and looking good for people you don't even know. You will not have to thinking about who might be checking you out.
After your work out you are not going to feel sweaty and muggy.
Exercise has been shown to reduce overall stress and since stress has been known to cause the signs of ageing, you might be able to retain a more youthful appearance while increasing your energy.
As with any exercise routine, you should consult with your doctor first. This article is NOT meant as a prescription or remedy to any condition.
To enhance your aqua aerobic workout take a look at our Aquatic Workout Stuff
Other styles of aquatic workouts:
> Using the Noodle: Move your hands up and down as though you are dog paddling while you are doing "bicycling" movements with your legs. You can substitute the cycling motion with a combination of jogging and cycling. The Noodle can be used in many different workouts including the abdominals by configuring it behind you back while lifting your knees up towards you abdomen and then side to side.