Water aerobics is a low impact exercise that both increases your endurance and strengthens your muscles. It can be great fun and you can challenge yourself. It is an exercise for all.
A class is normally an hour. A teacher will get you to follow moves, which are often set to music to keep your momentum going.
A class typically includes a warm up, strength training and cardio exercises and then a cool down to finish.
Exercises could include leg lifts, lunges, bicep curls etc. and they are often done in the shallow end of a pool.
Why should I try it?
Exercising in water is gentle on the joints, so if you are recovering from injury this could be the exercise for you to try.
It is great for all ages, including pregnant women and seniors.
It is low impact but you can challenge yourself by going faster during the workout.
You can get your heart pumping.
You can increase your flexibility.
The water resistance helps with toning and building muscle strength.
It is an excellent exercise choice for people new to exercising.
You can do it all year round.
You give both your hearth and muscles a great workout.
It can boost your mood, as the pool is a relaxing environment.
You can avoid classic sweaty exercises.
There are classes for all fitness levels.
It is cardio and strength training.
Underwater moves use more energy and burn more calories.
It can lower your blood pressure.
It can help you to shed pounds whilst staying cool in the pool.
It can help to keep your blood sugars under control.
It is gentler on the feet.
Exercising in water is fantastic for those with joint problems.
You put less pressure on aching joints.
For pregnancy, exercising water takes the load off your back, legs and feet.
What do I workout?
Core – you will do lunges, leg lifts etc. that engage your abs and core muscles.
Arms – bicep curls and using a woggle/noodle/kickboard will add more resistance.
Back – by being low impact, water can help increase your back muscle strength and also alleviate back pain.
Legs – star jumps, jogging, walking and kicking underwater are all great for your legs.
Glutes – lunges, high knee kicks, squats all will help your glutes.
There is a lot of different equipment you can use for aerobics and we have a great range available today at Newitts.com.
Noodles/Woggles: are great for strength training.
The Speedo ® Water Woggle is a flexible foam tube that can be used in aqua aerobics and water fitness classes. It bends into any shape and can be used to help strengthen muscles whilst exercising in the water.
Kickboards: are designed to target and tone the lower body.
The Speedo ® Universal Kickboard is designed to help you get the most from your swim workout. Each training aid will work a particular part of your body, so you can focus on increasing strength, stamina or tone where it suits you.
• Designed to target and tone the lower body.
• Improves leg strength and kick technique.
• Grip holes increase grip and allow different positions when training.
• Contoured for extra comfort.
Foam weights: dumbbells are great for upper body strength training. The Speedo ® Aqua Dumbbells have been designed for aquatic resistance training and to increase upper body strength and endurance. Speedo ® training aids are designed to help you get the most from your swim workout. Each training aid will work a particular part of your body, so you can focus on increasing strength, stamina or tone where it suits you.
• Aqua Dumbbell, designed for aquatic resistance training.
• Designed to increase upper body strength and endurance.
• Soft padded grips for comfort.