CAN YOU GET AS GOOD OF A WORK OUT IN THE WATER AS OUT OF IT?
Absolutely! Actually in some ways, you can get an even better work out in the water!
Water provides resistance in all directions, so even something a simple as walking in water, burns more calories than walking on land. And because the water can absorb up to 90% of your body weight, there's significantly less pressure on joints.
WHAT ARE SOME OTHER BENEFITS OF WORKING OUT IN WATER?
It’s low to non-impact. This is HUGE for people with joint issues: old injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia, because it provides the opportunity to burn calories and create strength without jarring, creating pressure or grinding bone on bone.
For Mommies-to-be, submerging in water takes the persistent pressure of the bump off of the body
Water workouts are the ULTIMATE in Resistance Training! It's like your own personally adjustable resistance device: the amount of resistance you get can varies by how fast you move, the way you move.
For example just "conducting music" with your arms through the water: keeping your fingers together, you'll move more smoothly through the water, but open the fingers and you create an "invisible web" which dramatically increases power and strength.
ANY ISSUES TO LOOK OUT FOR?
Dehydration is a big one. Just because you can't feel you're sweating, doesn't mean you're not. And if your pool is outdoors, hydration and sunscreen can mean the difference between being able to have fun working out all week and heat exhaustion or stroke.
Listen to your body. This is true of any exercise class. The instructor/leader is offering a suggestion. YOU are the leading expert on your body. You know it's history and no one can feel what's going on inside your body besides you. Adjust accordingly.
WHAT SPECIAL EQUIPMENT MIGHT WE NEED?
You don’t need any equipment to get a huge benefit.
If you have special needs there is equipment to help aid you like pool noodles.
If you want to intensify your work out there are wrist and ankle weights, weight belts, and dumbbells.
If you're taking a class, the facility should provide all the equipment you need for the class. If you have your own pool, you can invest in your own equipment.
Learn more about Aquatic Fitness from Expert Sue Gisser at myH2yOga.com.
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