Aqua aerobics, or water aerobics, provides a fitness routine appropriate for all fitness levels. You don’t need to live by the lake or ocean to participate. You can enjoy a water routine in the JCC 25 meter pool in Tulsa, OK. While water does provide a low impact workout due to the near weightlessness achieved in water, that does not necessarily mean low intensity.
Types of Aqua Aerobics
Many formats of water workouts exist. You can hit the pool or gym for a low or high intensity workout that combines a water environment with:
- Tai chi
- Weight lifting
According to the American Council on Exercise, immersion in water, such as a pool, makes you feel 90 percent lighter. A dance workout in water causes less impact than dance workout on the dance or gym floor. Water fitness increases heart rate and oxygen intake. It lets you exercise every muscle and joint simultaneously for an efficient workout.
Who Uses Water Workouts?
Water exercise has gotten touted only as exercise for the elderly or the pregnant, but it works for anyone. It’s ideal for those recovering from an injury, the obese and those with an arthritis diagnosis. It’s also ideal for anyone, including athletes, who want to ramp up muscle development. Working out in water carries 12 times the resistance of air. To enhance gains, incorporate bouys, kick boards, noodles, water paddles or weights.
Water workouts make a good starting point for those new to working out or just getting back to the gym. If you hesitate to join a gym’s group workout classes because you don’t know the moves, water keeps your secret when you miss a step. No one can see your feet in the water. Many people draw motivation from group activity and the other participants in a class environment.
A one hour water workout burns about 300 calories. Depending on your intensity level and your size, you can increase that slightly. You need to reduce caloric intake and increase exercise to cut 3,500 calories from your current intake to lose one pound. A daily one hour pool routine contributes 2,100 of those calories.
You need no prior workout experience. You don’t even need to know how to swim. You can wear floatation arm bands or a waist band if you don’t know how to swim. You’ll be better able to concentrate on intensity and correct motions. You’ll exercise in waist-high or chest-high water. Always perform a routine with a gym buddy or instructor.
Talk to your doctor before starting any new fitness routine. Your doctor will determine if an aqua workout suits you and your health. If your doctor approves, start with a class run by a certified Aqua Fitness instructor.
When you’re ready to start on your aqua fitness journey, head to the Charles Schusterman Community Center Gym and fitness center in Tulsa, OK. We offer aqua aerobics from certified trainers at our fitness center. Unlike the lake, you’ll never need to worry about the weather while working out in our Tulsa pool. Let us help you get started on a healthier way today.