Aquatic work outs are not only fun, but they can burn fat faster and they’re healing too, easing symptoms for arthritis and fibromyalgia sufferers.
Water is one of the best fitness tools: It provides resistance, which strengthens muscles and boosts cardio intensity. It also supports some of your weight, making workouts easier on joints and reducing injury.
Aquatic exercises can help to heal faster and doctors often recommend them for people with joint injuries, infections or surgeries as a way to stay fit and shorten recovery time.
They also can ease symptoms of chronic conditions, such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia and arthritis.
“Working out in water is very safe because no joints or bones are forced to bear too heavy a load,” says Andrew Jones, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Get the most out of your water workout by following these tips:
- Do not go deeper than waist-high. This way your feet will have good contact with the pool floor and your leg muscles will be able to support some of your weight.
- Wear water shoes to improve traction and webbed gloves to add resistance and intensity to arm movements.
- Drink lots of water during and after your workout, you can get dehydrated in the pool as easily as you can on land.
Water aerobics includes exercises like water-jogging, shoulder flexion and abduction, leg raises, spiderman walk, etc.
Water aerobics is a great low-impact initiation into fitness if you’re obese or just way out of shape.