One can understand why water aerobics classes are so popular in Australia. With over 59,000 kilometres of coastline the Australians grew up from an early age with a love affair with water.
One of the most popular forms of Water Aerobics is done in a deep water pool (where your feet cannot reach the bottom of the pool) assisted by a buoyance belt tied to your waist.
Since I have been an aqua aerobics instructor I often speak to people about the benefits of deep water aerobics for health and fitness. Many times I hear “Oh that’s just for the elderly or the injured”. Although water aerobics is a great exercise platform for the elderly and people with injuries it is a challenging work out for adults of every fitness level.
Deep Water Aerobics are very beneficial to you in the following ways:
- It is a fun and enjoyable form of exercise
- It will provide continuous recruitment of the core muscles. When a person is submerged in deep water they are not anchored by the pool floor, they are submerged in an unstable environment. Therefore the stabilizing muscles of the core must be engaged to keep a vertical alignment of the body and a proper body position.
- It is great for muscle toning as the water provides resistance
- It is a completely nonimpact workout
- It is a very exertive form of exercise which will improve cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility and muscular endurance.
- Deep water classes are suitable for a wide range of fitness levels including athletes, very conditioned individuals, injured individuals, elderly and obese adults.
So, if you ever have a chance to join a deep water class I encourage you to do so. It will be challenging, fun and will benefit your body in many ways!