Aqua Fitness Benefits
One of the major benefits of exercising in water is the protection it provides for your joints. Running on land is one of the highest impact exercises for your joints and it is claimed that marathon runners lose 1cm in height over the course of a marathon through impact and compression.
It is for this reason that so many athletes now supplement their training programs in this way, and why so many members of the public are taking to exercising in water.
Aquatic fitness programs eliminate impact forces and protect your joints, but despite the ‘easier’ load on your body, exercising in water can be a really effective work out. Every movement works your muscles against the resistance of the water working them harder, toning them quicker and burning more fat compared to exercise on land.
Alongside the muscular benefits, the pressure that the water places on your legs pushes blood back up into the top part of your body. This makes your heart work harder and increases the volume of blood pumped through your heart which in turn burns more calories.
Jogging on land for 30 minutes will burn around 200 calories whereas the same length of time aqua-jogging will burn around 350 calories. This makes aqua-jogging a fantastic exercise to include as part of a weight loss program.
Aquatic exercise can provide the following benefits:
- Pain Relief
- Strengthens weak or injured muscles
- Increased Joint range of movement
- Improved cardiovascular fitness and aerobic capacity
- Strengthens the respiratory system
- Excellent as part of a weight loss program