YOU and Water Exercising for Healthy and Happy Aging
The following is from Dr. Mercola’s website about water exercises:
When doing exercises, you may need a change of pace, moving your
workout to the water may rekindle your enthusiasm, while at the same
time providing some unique benefits
You might think you could not possibly get as intense of a workout in the water,
but research suggests otherwise. Due to the resistance of the water, t just
seems like you cannot work as hard, but in reality, you are.
The water acts as a form of built-in resistance as if you are surrounded
your body with weights, making it simple to increase the intensity of your
workout and challenge muscles that are harder to engage on land.
Also, because water lessens the effects of gravity, you are able to
move your body through a wider range of motion, which improves flexibility.
Even your lungs get a beneficial workout because the water pressure
makes them work harder than they would on land.
Because it is low-impact and easily tailored to your fitness level, anyone
can benefit from water exercise, regardless of age or agility.
If you are overweight or obese, elderly have arthritis, joint pain,
osteoporosis, or an injury that makes weight-bearing exercise difficult or
painful, water may be an excellent choice. Swimming or walking in water
reduces the pressure n your back and knees.
Exercising in water builds cardiovascular stamina, strength, and flexibility,
helps burn body fat, increases circulation, and can help you rehabilitate
healing muscles and joints.
Research shows that people who water exercise can burn as much body
fat and build as much muscle as those who engage in land-based exercise
Expect to burn between 400 and 500 calories per hour in a water aerobics
class, according to the Aquatic Exercise Association. The actual amount
your burn will depend on your size, the intensity of your movements, as
well as water temperature and depth. In general, faster movements
incorporating the upper a lower body in deep water elicit the greatest
When exercising in water, you work against 12 times the resistance of air,
according to an article published in “American Fitness”. Simply kicking and
cupping the water helps contribute to muscle development, which
translates into a higher metabolism and healthier body.
I have been doing water aerobics for about 25 years. I do 100 – 200 reps
of jumping jacks, leg lifts, jogging, strategies and as fast and as much as I
can and usually in the water for about 1 hour.