For good exercise, try water aerobics
Summer is here and the sun is blazing causing the temperature to rise. How does a nice run outside sound? Not too appealing. How about a jump in a cool swimming pool with a workout as good if not better than running?
Water aerobics is no longer for women over 60 with varicose veins and skirts on their swimming suits. Water aerobics can be a tough workout for those in the best condition.
"Water aerobics is such a good cardiovascular exercise. You're burning more calories because you're using your whole body," says Adria Gunderson,water aerobics coordinator at the Logan City Municipool.
The minute one hits the water, every muscle in one's body is being used. Water resistance is 12 times that of air. Another big bonus to water exercise is the lack of impact. With no impact one's body is able to work out for longer periods of time and less injury occurs to joints and muscles.
The different types of water aerobics are: water walking/jogging, which is stepping and arm movements in waist to chest deep water; water aerobics, which is full body movement for 20 minutes or more; and water toning/strengthening, which is using water resistance and/or equipment to strengthen the muscles.
Compare these statistics: walking on land burns 4.5 to 5.4 kcal/minute while deep-water walking burns 8.8 kcal/minute; jogging on land burns 8 kcal/minute while deep-water jogging burns 11.5 kcal/minute.
The Municipool offers a variety of water aerobics classes several times a day. These may include among others aqua power aerobics and hydrofit.