Whenever I meet with a member for the first time, I try to suggest a few of our Group Fitness classes. Group Fitness adds fun and variety to everyone’s daily workouts while also helping you reach your goals. Each of DHAC’s Group Fitness classes have something different to offer for everyone. They are a quick and convenient way to get an efficient and challenging workout.
When I suggest water aerobics – also called hydrocise and aqua sculpt – members’ eyes glaze over. Many are hesitant to even consider water aerobics because of all the stereotypes that come along with it. Most assume that it’s only for the elderly or the severely de-conditioned. The truth is water aerobics can be a challenging workout, a way to relax and can also give your joints a break.
The buoyancy of the water makes for non-weight bearing, low impact exercise that is great for individuals dealing with a variety of orthopedic injuries or restrictions such as arthritis or knee and hip replacements. Water supports approximately 80% of our bodyweight and taking that weight off those joints allows for you to walk, jog, or jump without pain. Decreased joint pain plus a reduction of gravitational force on your body also allows for a greater range of motion within the joints making for a speedy recovery from surgeries and injuries.
While the buoyancy of the water is one particular benefit of water aerobics, the natural resistance of the water also helps to increase muscle strength and endurance. Have you ever tried to run or jump while in the water? It’s not nearly as easy as David Hasselhoff and Pam Anderson make it look on Baywatch! It takes twice the effort to get half as far, your balance is tested. It’s exhausting!
Just like any of our other group exercise classes, you get out what you put in. So before you are quick to judge any water aerobics class, give one of our many classes a try and give it your all! I promise, not only will you be giving your knees, hips and back a break from the impact of our everyday lives, your muscles and heart will thank you as well!