May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! How do you like to stay active? There are many ways to engage in physical fitness. But one of the most important aspects of exercise is enjoyment. If you don’t enjoy an activity, it will be hard to keep it up. And let’s face it…exercise can be hard to enjoy at times. The sweat, the aching muscles, the recovery time.
If you’re looking for a workout that is effective and fun, consider water aerobics. It’s a great workout, and the pool helps keep you cool when the tempo picks up. It can be done in a solo session or as part of a group and requires little to no equipment. If you have a community pool and a swimsuit, you are set! Some pools offer classes as well. When you do decide you want to dive into a class, keep in mind there are two primary types of water aerobics. One is the classic version, which takes place in the shallow end with some added deep-end exercises. Deep water aerobics, on the other hand, takes place in the deep end of the pool.
With classic water aerobics, you can expect a balanced workout that encourages full-body toning. Much of the time the exercises will be done standing in the shallow end, with some activity in the deep end. Deep water aerobics is a little different because the ground is probably deeper than you are tall! So be prepared to do some treading or kicking. Deep water aerobics is a great choice because even when you are focusing on building arm strength, you’ll also be building up strength in your legs, sometimes without even being aware of it.
Most pools have water aerobic equipment available for use, but simple kicks and strokes are also a staple. Equipment can be as basic as a noodle or as specialized as a foam barbell. Kickboards and pull buoys are also used. Most exercises depend on water resistance. Another great thing about water aerobics? You control the workout. You can push yourself as much, or as little, as you want. And after the workout, you’ll be tired but happy. And ready for more.