Water aerobics is a wonderful form of low impact exercise that will help tone muscles, develop pulmonary capacity and safely exercise your heart. Aerobics is a form of exercise which is usually used to tone the abdominals and gluteal muscles. Most aerobics classes are populated with women, but they are good for anyone looking to improve their overall health. Low impact aerobics are, by definition, aerobic activities where one foot is always in contact with the floor. This is great for people with osteoporosis and those with knee and lower back injuries, as this type of exercise won’t exacerbate these conditions. Here’s a look at some of the main benefits of water aerobics.
1: Increased Stamina
The farther you get into your aerobic regimen, the more stamina you will develop. Aerobics are a form of exercise which greatly benefits the cardiovascular system, making it more efficient. When your heart pumps at a higher rate than normal for an extended period of time, it begins to get stronger. This is also true of your lungs. Additionally, continued exercise will strengthen your muscles which will allow you to use them for longer periods of time before you begin to tire.
2: Increased Lung Capacity
After being in your exercise regimen for a short time, you’ll notice that a set of stairs no longer makes you tired climbing or descending. This is because your lung capacity and oxygen transfer efficiency will increase the longer you maintain an aerobic workout regimen. Working your lungs by exercise causes them to increase their efficiency by increasing the amount of oxygen they process over a shorter period of time.
3: Healthier Heart Muscle
One of the targets of aerobic exercise is to maintain a target heart rate. As with any muscle, the more you exercise your heart, the stronger it will get. This means reaching and maintaining your target heart rate for at least 20 minutes for a minimum of three times and a maximum of five times a week. You should give your whole body at least a day two to recover from strenuous water aerobics when you first begin any workout plan.
4: Increased Muscle Tone
Swimming especially works all of the muscles in your body. Water resistance dancing exercises most of them. This means those muscles being worked will be toned and strengthened.
5: Lower Fat and Cholesterol
If you combine a water aerobics regimen with a healthy diet, you will lower your body fat and cholesterol count.
6: Smaller Waist Size
Exercise and smart eating are better than any calorie counting diet at reducing your waist size. Exercising boosts your metabolism and energy level. It also helps to decrease your appetite, meaning you will eat less.
Water aerobics can take many forms. If you don’t enroll in a class, experiment to find out which combination of activities is right for you. Your body will thank you for it.