There’s a new type of fitness in town, and it’s making waves across swimming pools in the UK. Aqua fitness, or water aerobics as you might know it, is one of the most therapeutic methods of keeping fit. Not only will you feel one with the water but you’ll build strength and resilience while getting a killer cardio workout. Don’t just take our word for it though, here’s 5 reasons to try aqua fitness and how to pick out the best class for you.
#1 Killer cardio hit
Any aqua class will give you a cardio workout you’ll remember. Since you’re working in the water for the entire time, you are battling against water resistance as well as your own strength. But if you’re feeling sceptical about how challenging water aerobics is, try running in the water the next time you go for a swim to see for yourself.
If you’re interested in getting an intense full body cardio workout, Aqua Zumba and aqua aerobics classes will get your blood pumping! Aqua jogging is also a great technique to try if you’re injured because the activity helps to strengthen your muscles without adding a heavy load to your bones and joints.
#2 Relieves stress and anxiety
Water is known for its calming and soothing elements, which is why exercising in water makes you feel exactly like that. Since exercise releases endorphins, combining water with exercise is a winning formula to relieve weekly stress and anxiety.
Try out Water Yoga to combine classic yoga poses with meditation for a workout that will test your mind, balance, strength and resistance.
#3 Full-body toning
Aqua fitness is a low-impact exercise which means the risk of injury is exceptionally low. You’ll be burning calories, building muscle and strengthening your joints all with reduced pressure off your body. If you regularly attend aqua fitness classes, expect to feel more toned because there’s no greater resistance than water resistance.
Poolates is a great class to try if you want to focus on resistance work. Put simply it’s Pilates in the pool! This class will strengthen your stability, flexibility and posture, while also focusing on precision and concentration.
#4 Made to measure
With aqua fitness there really is something for everyone. Water aerobic classes can easily offer modifications to suit your fitness level. Whether you’re just getting into fitness or you’re super athletic, you are free to go at your own pace. So don’t worry if you find an intense HIIT water workout like Swim-Sanity and are worried it may be too advanced, you may find the instructor can tailor the session to you!
Your standard fitness routine can become boring and uninspiring over time. If you regularly attend the same classes, or stick to the same equipment in the gym, your body will also become used to the exercise and you will stop seeing results. Aqua aerobics is a great way to practice your favourite workout techniques in a completely different environment. They’re not only fun, but they’ll also give your body the shock of their lives!
There’s a huge variety of aqua fitness classes available so you’ll be sure to find the best one for you. The next time you hit the pool, ask a member of staff what water aerobic classes are on offer near you.