We will be trialling deep aqua classes at the centre over the next 12 weeks. Classes will run at 6.30 pm on Tuesday's, commencing Tuesday 14 January.
Aqua Aerobics classes are a great way to mix up a traditional gym workout with the amazing benefits of water. Some of the key benefits of participating in an Aqua class include:
Increase in muscle strength – Water is a flowing and constantly changing product of nature, and as such, can be very unpredictable in its movements. Since water flows in multiple directions, the resistance in the pool can range from four to 42 times greater than air, ensuring the body's muscles get a rigid workout.
Build endurance – Unlike traditional weights, which require the human body to push and pull against the weight plus gravity, water resistance is a more natural resistance which requires the body to strain through the water rather than against it.
Increases flexibility – As the body is subject to water resistance during water aerobic exercise – which requires movement in various directions while adjusting to the push and pull of water – the joints naturally increase their range of motion. A study conducted in 2013 found a significant increase in flexibility after subjecting a group of older adults to aerobic therapy exercise.
Low-impact exercise – We may not often think of it, but the traditional impact we place on our joints during a "land workout" can be taxing. In water aerobics, the buoyancy of the water helps takes off some of the impacts we tend to place on our body, due to our own water weight. In layman's terms, our body's is not subject to gravity in the water. Therefore the impact our joints take on when, say, running in water, is not equal to the impact when running on land. This is particularly appealing to those with joint conditions such as arthritis or those currently undergoing physical rehabilitation.
Alleviates pressure on the joints – Studies have shown water-based exercises such as water aerobics relieve pressure placed on joints from normal wear-and-tear and arthritis. Hydrotherapy is shown to be the leading form of therapy for those suffering from joint problems.
Relieves stress and decreases anxiety – Watching bodies of water in motion can be one of the most soothing activities one can take part in to help relieve stress, which is why vacations to beaches and island paradises are so popular getaways. But being in the water can be just as relaxing!
Burns calories – The combination of strength and cardio workouts mixed with water resistance in aquatic exercise ensures the body is getting a full workout. Depending on the cardio activity, weight (including additional weights such as dumbbells and weight belts), water temperature, volume and buoyancy, the body can burn between 400 to 500 calories in an hour of exercise.
Reduces blood pressure- Water-resistance is not just a buoyancy feature to help work the muscles. The water pressure works with your blood as well. It enables one's blood flow to circulate more effectively throughout the body, effectively decreasing blood pressure and, in the long run, reducing resting heart rate. This benefit means your heart is maintaining its productivity while putting less stress on your heart!
Cooling exercise – As temperatures get warmer and the summer heat draws near, the desire to exercise in the burning sun may suddenly not seem so appealing, and so naturally dipping into any body of water becomes alluring. Water aerobics can satisfy that need to feel cool in warmer temperatures while still enabling an athlete to exercise. It's cool, crisp and refreshing, especially knowing you aren't struggling in the heat!
It only takes a few aqua aerobics sessions and you'll see a big difference in your overall fitness!
First class runs on Tuesday 14 January.
Please note, you must be able to swim in the Deep end of the 50-meter pool.