Dive In to Better Health: 5 Healthy Reasons To Take Your Workout to the Pool
Summer is here, and what better way to have some fun in the sun than staying active and fit in the pool?
The fact is, just two and half hours a week of aerobic physical activity can reduce the risk of chronic illness (according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
So, to stay healthy and have fun, people are increasingly enjoying the many benefits of water based aerobic exercise. Here are five healthy reasons why:
Reason #1: Less Impact on Joints and Muscles
We all know that exercise is good for our health and body. However, we tend to forget the toll that most exercises take on our muscles and joints.
For example, running, jogging, walking and squatting are all extremely useful ways to exercise, but they can put added pressure on our joints. The repetitive movements of these exercises and continuous strain on the knees and other joints can eventually lead to long term issues.
Water’s buoyancy displaces about 90% of our body weight, making us appear to be almost weightless. The result is a drastic reduction in impact on joints and muscles.
Reason #2: Increased Strength and Flexibility
Water has a built-in resistance factor that helps to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility.
When working out in the pool, the resistance of the water is twelve times greater than the resistance of the air. This increased resistance helps to tone and build muscle mass, resulting in stronger bodies.
In addition, water-based exercise is an excellent way to improve flexibility and increase range of motion.
The water helps to support our body weight, allowing us to hold a position and/or keep our balance for much longer than we could “on land.” The result is lengthened muscles and increased flexibility.
Reason #3: Calorie Burn
According to the Aquatic Exercise Association, water based aerobic exercise can burn anywhere from 400 to 500 calories per hour.
That means, even though our muscles and joints aren’t feeling the high intensity impact of other workouts, we are still enjoying the benefit of burning calories.
The low impact also allows our bodies to work out longer, which can lead to a higher calorie burn. Who doesn’t love that?
Reason #4: Improved Cardiovascular Fitness
Water aerobics, like many other types of exercise, is good for cardiovascular health. By combining aerobic exercises with the resistance training of the water, we can keep our hearts actively engaged, and can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Reason #5: Improved Mental Health
Want to feel better emotionally? Hop in the pool! Water based aerobic exercise releases endorphins and provides a calming factor that leads to an improved, happier mood.
One of the best things about water aerobics is that it’s suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Kids, older adults, or people with injuries can usually all enjoy water-based exercise and reap the health benefits.
At the NoHo Senior Arts Colony Apartments, we have recognized the many benefits of water aerobics, and our residents enjoy onsite water-based exercise classes taught by college-level professionals each week.
So what are you waiting for? Dive in, take a swim, and experience the water aerobic health benefits for yourself.
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