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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Is water exercise for you?

Think water exercise is a low-intensity workout meant only for elderly or deconditioned folks? Think again!

Water exercise offers multiple benefits for people of all ages and fitness levels and can offer a high-intensity workout with low impact. That means you can push yourself hard, but your joints won’t take a beating.

And, FWCS’ Helen P. Brown Natatorium offers these classes for a minimal drop-in fee of $5.

Water exercise strengthens muscles and builds stamina. Water provides at least 12 times the resistance of air. So, when you move around and change direction, the intensity increases. This means, while you want to be graceful and efficient while swimming, you want to raise more of a ruckus and fight the water during water exercises.

Plus, water workouts allow you to work opposing muscle groups at the same time. For example, when you kick forward it works your quadriceps. Then, when you pull the same leg back to kick again, it works your hamstrings. This creates muscle balance.

Water exercise class at the Natatorium

Additional benefits include flexibility and range of motion. While on land, the effects of gravity can create a fear of falling. But, in the water, you can fearlessly increase your range of motion, exerting muscles you would not be able to exert outside water.

Have osteoarthritis or overuse injuries?  For patients with osteoarthritis, one study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, showed aquatic exercises significantly improved knee and hip flexibility without any side effects. Building bone density will still require exercise on land, but, perhaps the strength you build during water exercises will result in decreased pain.

Have we piqued your interest? Check out the water exercise classes offered, and happening now, at the Natatorium.

Aqua Drills – Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6 p.m.
50+ Making Waves – Wednesdays from 2- 2:45 p.m.

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