Aqua aerobics is famously popular wherever there is a swimming pool, but would you consider using it? It has a huge list of benefits compared to even standard aerobics, and for the most part, people don't know about them. We're here to change that. We're outlining one of the lightest and easiest ways to exercise out there to make sure that everyone has the chance to exercise in a way that's easy as possible. Let's take a look.

Joint Stress

People exercising underwater

One of the most unique benefits of aqua aerobics is how it treats our bodies because of the physics that are involved. The nature of water means that around 90% of a person’s body is supported when in the water because of humans being buoyant (according to swim.org). That's a massive plus on its own in some cases.

As a result, exercise can be made much easier for those that struggle to move their own weight. Arthritis, in particular, is one of the biggest beneficiaries of this, but so is anyone that struggles with exercise in general. It's just a generally low impact workout, and that can be incredibly useful! (It's one of the biggest benefits of swimming).

 

Resistance

Group using exercise bikes underwater

Despite the weight reduction that water offers, there is actually another edge to this sword too. That comes from the resistance that exercising in water offers, whether it's through aqua aerobics or through water exercise in general (like swimming). It can still be a good way to test your strength limits without having to worry about injury or massive weights.

So how practical is that? Well, it means you're boosting your hard work along with everything else aqua aerobics offers, as a matter of fact. Even by using more flexibility centred exercise, the resistance you fight means you work even harder than ever before! It's all an awesome workout!

Cardio

Woman running in water

Aerobics, in general, is one of the best things you could ever do for your health, and adding the pool is no exception. Aerobic exercise creates an elevated heartbeat for a prolonged period of time to burn energy, which means it's great for your cardiovascular system. The main way that this happens is through strengthening your heart and your lungs. That gives you better blood flow and better physical health, so it's definitely worth doing.

Even on top of that, there's more. The water will also prevent you from overheating as easily as you usually would do when exercising in a gym or at home, allowing you to conserve your energy and be able to exercise comfortably and for a longer period of time than you normally would. You're reaping the benefits on a greater scale.

Strength

Women moving dumbbells in the water

Another huge benefit of aqua aerobics comes from the strength you'll build doing it. Like swimming and aerobics weren't strength-building enough, adding water weights to a workout like in aqua aerobics changes the game even more. You'll get a full-body workout without all the weight from weight training. That opens up a new world of possibilities.

This increase in strength can offer your joints extra support in general life, too. In addition to making you more stable, you have a greater sense of balance to help in daily activities and for the future. Strength and weight training always had these benefits, and the water just makes them more accessible!

Classes

Aqua aerobics class taking place

The last thing we'll look at with the benefits of aqua aerobics is the social benefits that it comes with (and there are a lot more of them too). In almost every case, aqua aerobics is in a class style workout. You're all in a pool together with a qualified instructor, and all getting a good, safe workout. Awesome.

Another huge benefit of that is how you are socially exercising rather than solo. You're exercising and socialising at the same time. You can make new friends, train with old ones, or even just help yourself and others keep motivated and moving in the right direction. It really is a huge factor that often gets overlooked.

 

Overall, exercise is what you make of it. Aqua aerobics can be a miracle for a lot of people who struggle with exercise or whose fitness isn't where they'd like it. On top of that, it can be the most fun too. Like any exercise, it's always worth giving it a try, and it could be the best thing you didn't know you were missing. It's famous for a reason after all!

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