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What are the benefits of water aerobics

Water aerobics can be a lot of fun for kids and adults alike, even though people might have a different opinion at first, due to some kind of prejudice.

Aerobics are any kind of physical exercise that involves increasing the heart rate and the oxygen intake, which benefits the entire human body’s condition. These include acts of walking, running, swimming and even dancing. The latest addition to this group of activities is called water aerobics and it offers many advantages.

One of the most important advantages is that it can be suited to anyone’s individual abilities and needs. It involves every muscle and every joint in the body, and it pleasantly cools off the heat that comes with exercising. Age restriction virtually does not exist. Water helps in supporting the weight and puts less stress on the joints and muscles, and provides just enough pressure for every imaginable motion of the muscles to work. Overweight people who have not had proper exercise in a while will also benefit from water aerobics and will easily find kindred spirits among other attendants.

A person's personal exercise program should be precisely organized with a personal physician. A medical indication for those who suffer from diabetes is a must. The water temperature should be controlled in order to provide the optimal conditions for the expenditure of calories. Warming up beside the pool is essential, as is showering after exercises because most pools are chlorinated. Drinking lots of water before, during and after the class is mandatory because a person can dehydrates greatly while working out. It is important to never swim or perform any of the exercises alone and to follow all the safety rules of swimming, although swimming skills are not necessary for water aerobics. Various devices can help a person stay afloat if necessary, and by doing so enable the person to stay focused on the exercise routine and eliminate the fear of water.

Walking, jogging and running in water strengthens the muscles and develops cardio respiratory fitness. Various games provide a wide array of moves. As the exercise class progresses, the person will gradually move to deeper water, up to chest deep, depending on the exercise.

 Twenty to 40 minutes of jogging or walking per session should be enough. Water aerobics enable a much more efficient way to burn calories. A 30-minute workout of jogging on land burns approximately about 240 calories, while jogging in chest deep water burns about 340 calories.

It is also important to find a class that has a qualified instructor who has training not only in water aerobics but in health issues as well.

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