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Water exercise is a fun, safe way to achieve or maintain fitness. Participants feel refreshed and relaxed after a water workout. Any person, any age, swimmer or non-swimmer, at any fitness level from sedentary to active can benefit from water exercise.
1. Gentle and easy on joints; reduced pressure and impact.
2. Healthy heart and circulation
3. Overall muscle toning and strengthening
4. Burn calories
5. Increased energy
What are the advantages of water exercise compared to land exercise?Much greater range of motion and movement possibilities due to buoyancy factor. Water supports our bodies while exercising.
Moving against the weight of the water (8.5 lbs per gallon) gives resistance, thus toning and strengthening muscles and joints. Even walking with simple arm movements in the water provides greater exercise benefit – vs- walking on land.
What types of exercises are done in the water?Both high and low intensity exercises are based on yoga, pilates, cardio-aerobics, kickboxing, abdominal core strengthening and resistance training utilizing equipment. Any exercise mode from land based classes is adaptable to water.
What about sedentary or overweight population?
Fewer restrictions for exercisers in water, compared to land. An overweight person may have very little ability to balance or move on land. Water reduces the gravity effect and allows the individual to move quite freely.
This information is provided by Cath Lee Mckiniry. Aquatic Exercise Association Fitness Professional & National Arthritis Foundation Instructor. (904) 620-2854.
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