As the temperatures soar into the high 90s and beyond, strange things are beginning to happen around our house. After writing about how I have avoided wearing swimsuits, sleeveless shirts and shorts for many years, I actually mounted an expedition into my closet to see if I could find the above mentioned items. No sleeveless shirt or shorts could be found but I did uncover an old swimsuit. This prompted me to make the decision to get into our pool and give water aerobics a try.
What exactly is water aerobics?
According to Wikipedia: Water aerobics is the performance of aerobic exercise in fairly shallow water such as in a swimming pool. Classes focus on aerobic endurance and resistance training.
No, I didn’t sign up for a class. Instead, I surfed the web to watch and learn all I could about water aerobic exercises. What I found was that the benefits of water aerobics are substantial:
- Low Impact
This is great news for people like me who have back problems and leg injuries as well as people with knee conditions.
- Builds Strength
Aerobic exercise in water gives you 12 times the resistance of aerobic exercise on land. Kicking your legs, swinging your arms and lunging in water – to name a few moves – will contribute to muscle development and increased metabolism.
- Makes You Happy
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention CDC reports that water-based exercise improves mental health by decreasing depression and improving your mood. They say that parents of children with developmental disabilities find that recreational activities, such as swimming, improve family connections.
I’m sold! Much to my family’s surprise – I don the aforementioned swimsuit and jump into the pool. I don’t know how much stronger I am after 20 minutes of kicking, swinging and lunging but I have to admit, I am feeling pretty happy.