Regular exercise and healthy eating are lifestyle choices that people make year-round, even when the summer temperatures in Tulsa top 100 degrees Fahrenheit. People long for the beautiful summer days so they can get out of the gym and jog in the park, play summer sports, and just basically enjoy the outdoors. Summer is usually the most active time of the year for people, but it can also be the most dangerous time for our health.
Dangers of Working Out in Summer Heat
Working out in the summer heat can be very dangerous and can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death, so it may be safer to keep certain fitness activities in a climate controlled gym or Tulsa fitness center during summer. There are usually a lot of activities to participate in, either solo or in a group, such as aqua aerobics. This water exercise is generally done indoors in a gym or fitness center, but could be done in an outdoor pool as well. It is a great activity for summer because it is in the water which will keeps people cool and it is an activity that the whole family can enjoy together.
Aqua Aerobics is Safe and Fun
It’s summer, it’s hot, and the family is heading to the pool. Aqua aerobics is a fun family activity that everyone can enjoy no matter there age or size. It is a low-impact exercise that can gives a full body workout, but the being in the water causes less pressure on the joints and muscles. This makes it perfect for the elderly or overweight people who may have mobility issues.
People who like to go hard with their workouts make the mistake of thinking that water exercise is a “light” workout because it doesn’t feel hard. Aqua aerobics can give you as good of a work out as any other exercise activity. If this doesn’t comfort you, there are a few ways to make water exercise more challenging.
The viscosity of water makes it acts as a cushion around the body and provides resistance as the muscles work out. To increase this resistance, you increase the amount of water by going further into the deep end of the pool (this is not recommended if you can’t swim). You can also increase the resistance by moving faster when you exercise in the water.
Adding water weights is another way to increase the intensity of water exercise. These weights are made with foam so they are safe to use in the water. There are a few different types of water weights:
- Water dumbells–good for water free-weight exercises
- Water barbells–can be used for exercises that are done with a traditional barbell
- Kickboard–this is a special board that allows you to float your upper body while working out your lower body
- Pull bouy–this allows you to float your lower body while working out your upper body
- Foot pads–these attach to the soles of the feet adding resistance as you lift your legs up through the water
- Ankle and wrist weights–foam weights that give extra resistance while in the water
Fitness in Tulsa, OK
Summers can be brutally hot in Tulsa, so finding a gym in Tulsa or full service fitness center that you like so you can exercise indoors is a wise decision. You don’t have to exercise indoors all the time, but it is recommended for the extremely hot days in summer. If you aren’t already a member of a great gym, you can call us today at (918) 495-1111. The facilities are amazing and they offer great water aerobics classes that you and your entire family can enjoy.
Our Community Center Pool
- Regulation size 25 meter pool
- Infant pool
- Tube slide
- Diving area
JCC Pool Hours
POOL OPENS MAY 26
Sunday – 12:00-8:00 P.M.
Monday thru Thursday – 12:00-7:00 P.M.
Friday – Closed for maintenance
Back to School Pool Hours
Beginning August 13th – Weekends Only
Saturday – 12:00-8:00 P.M.
Sunday – 12:00-8:00 P.M.