Since getting my group exercise certification I have had the opportunity to start teaching water aquatic classes. I know some people write off water aquatic (water aerobics) classes as something that just old people do. But I’m here to say there are benefits to taking these classes no matter your age, fitness level or limitations. These classes are offered in variety of formats including step, zumba, kickboxing, circuit and yoga.
Being in the water makes you feel about 90% lighter. So walking, running, jumping, etc. feels completely different than it does on land. This is a big reason why water aerobics are ideal for people who have issues with their joints, arthritis, back problems, and any knee, leg or foot injuries. Also, it’s safe enough for pregnant woman to do. Obese individuals also are able to benefit from the low impact.
Some people tend to like water aerobics better than other group classes that involve a lot of choreography because they don’t have to worry about messing up. If you mess up no one will see you because majority of the movements are under water. Also, people don’t have to worry about working out in a room filled with mirrors or windowed studio. It really helps some people who aren’t normally comfortable working out in front of others feel comfortable.
It Burns Calories!
In most water aerobic you will burn around 400-500 calories. The amount of calories you can burn depends on your size, the intensity of your workout, and also the depth of the water.
In water aerobics classes you can use noodles, water weights, and kickboards to add resistance in the water. For the classes I teach I incorporate the noodles and water weights to provide a total body workout.
Classes can be taken in shallow or deep water. The workouts will be easier in the shallow because there is less resistance. Deep water classes are more beneficial if you want more resistance. Also, don’t worry about if you can swim or not. You are able to wear weight belts or use noodles if you choose to take classes in the deep end or just have a fear of water.
Go to your local gym and try a water aerobics class. It’s a great way to switch up your workouts. Let me know how you like it!
Yours In Fitness,