A water aerobics workout can be a delightful way to get a productive strength and cardio conditioning workout. Water aerobics is a low-impact form of exercise that gives tired joints a needed break from conventional cardio training.
Water aerobics doesn’t require participants to know how to swim and are typically done in water no more than waist deep. An added benefit is that even when temperatures are high, there is little risk of overheating since the pool water should keep the body cooled. According to a study published in the August 2013 Journal of Physical Therapy Science, water aerobics can improve muscle strength, agility and balance, as well as cardiovascular health.
Although it may be more fun to enjoy water aerobics in a class setting, if you don't have a facility conveniently available or want to exercise in greater privacy, a home pool is a fantastic alternative.
Keep reading to learn a selection of water exercise options that will burn calories, strengthen muscles and give the joints a break from the stress of dry land cardio.
Lower Body Water Aerobics Exercises
It’s easy for anyone to create a lower body water aerobics workout. Include these useful, low-impact moves to spare the knees and strengthen legs and hips.
Upper Body Water Aerobics Exercises
Water resistance can make pool aerobics a highly-effective way to develop upper body stamina and improve cardiovascular conditioning.
- Effects of Aqua Aerobic Therapy Exercise for Older Adults on Muscular Strength, Agility and Balance to Prevent Falling during Gait;Suk Bum Kim, David Michael O’sullivan;Journal of Physical Therapy Science;(2013)
- The effects of aquatic exercise on body composition and nonspecific low back pain in elderly males;Khadijeh Irandoust, Morteza Taheri;Journal of Physical Therapy Science;(2015)
- Build Your Own Aqua Fitness Class;Stephanie Thielen;ACE Blog;(2013)