5 Water Aerobic Exercises to Try in Your Next Workout

Water aerobic exercise is one of the best ways to burn fat while protecting your joints. If you are severly overweight, have a medical condition that limits exercise or a senior citzen with mobility issues, this is the perfect medium for you to exercise. There are a number of different exercises that can be used with water aerobics, but the key is to finding the right one for you in an atmosphere you enjoy. Many fitness centers, swimming pools, senior centers and other facilities offer water aerobics classes. These give you the workout environment you need with a social element you may want.

1. K-Tread

This is exercise works on full body toning and takes place in the deep end. You want to kick tread by circling your hands by the wrist while cupping your hands. You kick one leg out straight at hip level and point your toes. Hold for 5 seconds, then alternate legs. Do this for 30 seconds, and longer as you feel your strength increase.

2. Otter Roll

Hug a beachball to your chest and cross your legs at the ankles. Use your entire body to roll a complete rotation. Beginners can roll from side to side. Alternate rolls for 30 seconds. Remember to time your breathing to grab air before rolling into the water.

3. Ball Lever

Float on your stomach with legs straight out behind you, feet together. Push the ball down with your arms straight. Move the ball back to your thighs as quickly as possible, then return to your starting position. Do this for 30 seconds, increasing your reps as you become stronger.

4. Wave Maker

Go to the pool wall in chest deep water and place one hand upside down against the wall for stability. Push your legs out behind you and tread water. Move your body in a dolphin like motion, working with your hips and abs, then transferring the movement down to your knees and feet. Do this as fast as you can, making the biggest waves you can, for at least 3o seconds. If you can’t make it 30 seconds, use flutter kicks for the rest of the time.

5. Pike Skull

Skulling is moving across the pool in a non-traditional way. For this exercise you need to be in the shallow end of the pool. Sit back and lift your legs, creating a ‘V’ with your body. Use your palms cupped and moving in a circular motion to tread water. Keep them close to your thighs to help you propel forward. If your toes start to sink, widen the ‘V’ of your body and tighten up your abs.

A hop in the pool can be a great way to burn fat and tone up. With great water aerobic moves to choose from, you can change up your fitness results enough to keep your progress moving along. One of the keys to successful weight loss is to keep your body guessing.

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