What element covers 71% of the planet and is present in all the fluids of organisms? What’s the only substance that exists in three states – liquid, solid, and gas? What element makes up 45-75% of our bodies? If you answered ‘water’ to all three questions, you’re right. As a solvent, water’s chemical and physical properties to dissolve more substances than any other liquid is crucial in enabling key chemical reactions in animals, plants, and microbial cells. This inorganic, transparent, odorless, colorless, and largely tasteless compound is one of the most essential elements on Earth, critical to sustaining life.
Humans seem to have an innate affinity for water. Some attribute this to our body makeup – we’re after all mostly water. Others credit it to the element as something that calms our minds, with blue being associated with relaxation, depth, openness, and refreshment. Another interesting theory is that being in a water environment can help in quieting our overstimulated minds, a much-needed respite in a world full of stimuli such as social media, cable entertainment, and the like. Water is also ever present in our daily lives. We bathe, hydrate our bodies, prepare our food, cleanse, cool, and refresh with this versatile substance. To this list, we add one more way we can benefit from water – as a wonderful environment for the form of exercise that we call aqua aerobics.
What is Aqua Aerobics?
As the term implies, aqua aerobics simply means performing cardiovascular exercises that elevate your heart rate and challenge your muscles in a pool of water, usually of waist height or deeper. ‘Aqua’ stands for water and aerobics conveys the meaning ‘with oxygen.’ Like its gym counterpart, aqua aerobics may also employ the use of equipment that includes water dumbbells and ankle weights for added resistance and aqua jogging belts, water gloves, and pool noodles as flotation devices.
Is Aqua Aerobics good for you?
People of all ages and different health conditions can benefit from aqua aerobics and that includes people living with disabilities. Water minimises the effect of gravity on your body, so it becomes easier to move. This quality makes it easier to perform movements that are difficult, even painful when executed on land. On the other hand, water also has up to 12 times the resistance of air, and that means it can provide a challenging environment to exercise in. Unlike aerobics on land, water aerobics provides resistance in both up and down directions, so every movement can work two muscle groups at the same time.
Aqua aerobics can also make it easier for people with joint pain or mobility problems to exercise through a fuller range of motion. These include injured persons or those recovering from an injury, pregnant moms, and people diagnosed with disabilities.
What are the benefits of Aqua Aerobics to people living with disabilities?
- Aqua aerobics is low-impact – the water’s buoyancy helps take the weight off your bones, joints, and muscles compared to doing exercises on land. This is very ideal for people diagnosed with arthritis, joint pains, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia.
- If you want to improve your endurance and stamina, aqua aerobics is a refreshing and revitalising way to do that. Doing exercises in the water can increase your heart rate, improve your blood circulation, and boost your cardiovascular fitness.
- Aqua aerobics can help enhance flexibility. Exercising in water provides the resistance to allow your muscles to move through a fuller range of motion while also combatting tightness and stiffness.
- Want stronger muscles? Aqua aerobics can help. By moving through the water, your muscles are engaged with the gentle resistance of the watery environment. This can help people with disabilities and mobility issues gain the functional strength they need for day-to-day living.
- Aqua aerobics can help you manage your weight by supporting weight loss through the burning of calories during the exercise session.
- Need help with balancing? With aqua aerobics, the water’s buoyance can make it easier for you to balance your body while exercising. This is especially helpful for people diagnosed with neurological conditions or disabilities that impair their sense of balance and coordination.
- Love to interact with people? Aqua aerobics classes provide an excellent opportunity to socialize with people who share your passion for health. This can also offer extra motivation to keep working out.
- Aqua aerobics can also help in improving your overall sense of well-being, belonging, and confidence – vital for people who are feeling depressed or have low self-esteem due to their disability or mobility issues.
- While doing aqua aerobics, the water pressure puts less strain on your heart by moving blood around the body.
- Exercising in cold water can help prevent overheating and lessen inflammation. Conversely, training in hot water can reduce pain, relieve stress, and help ease the symptoms of mental health conditions such as depression.
- Last but not least, exercising in water is fun. And if you find it enjoyable, you’ll be motivated to keep exercising for longer as well as look forward to the next session.
Aqua Aerobics in Sans Souci
Now that you know the benefits of exercising in water, it’s time to head for the pool. Our Allied Health Clinics including the one in Sans Souci provide a great venue for aqua aerobics classes. Our Sans Souci swimming pool even has hoist access to make it safer to do aqua aerobics and hydrotherapy, especially for people with disabilities or mobility challenges. Furthermore, our experienced Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists are always on-hand to make sure you get proper guidance and support so that you can undertake your treatment program safely and get optimal results. At the same time, our Sans Souci clinic is fully furnished with gym equipment and has a gym space with a refreshing view of the pool. This offers you a more holistic approach to therapy as well as provides the convenience of pool and gym access in just one location.
Exercising in water is a fun, alternative way of working towards your health and fitness goals in a new environment. Water aerobics is an excellent way to train in the water while minimising the impact on your joints, muscles, and bones. If you haven’t tried it yet, maybe it’s about time you did. Reach out to us via 1300 090 931 to book a class or know more about aqua aerobics. Give this reinvigorating exercise a go and you may just love the refreshing change.