When it comes to meeting your fitness goals, or even finding a workout routine that works for you, it’s important to try a variety of classes to see what works best. If you’re looking for a new workout to add to your calendar, an aquatic workout might be just what you need.
Here are four benefits of aquatic-based classes, especially for seniors.
They’re easy on your joints
Think back to the last time you were in a pool. Did you feel lighter, maybe even more mobile than you do on land? This sensation is caused by water’s buoyancy, or, basically, its ability to make things float.
One of the major benefits of aquatic workouts is that they’re done in water, which makes them both low impact and non-weight bearing! Without added pressure on joints or bones, these workouts are ideal for people with conditions like arthritis or back pain.
Minimized risk of injury
A common concern as we age is risk of falling and, as a result, potential injury. And for good reason! More than 25% of all seniors fall each year, and the costs associated with those falls are around $50 billion. Ouch!
Because of aquatics floating nature and low impact, risk of injury is minimal. Exercise with peace of mind.
It may not seem like it (or even feel like it), but swimming and other water workouts are actually great for strength training and building muscle.
Swimming uses every muscle group, and water provides natural resistance as we move. This resistance burns more calories than if we were normally walking or moving. Adding weights or even resistance bands to your aquatic workouts will help you build strength even more.
Meet new people!
Like any kind of group fitness class, group aquatic classes are a great way to expand your social circles and make new friends! Water aerobics not really your thing? Don’t worry! Water cycling and boxing classes are also a thing, or even just swimming at your local YMCA is also a great workout in itself.
No matter what kind of aquatic workout you choose, you’re sure to make a splash.