Summer is in full swing her in Arizona! It’s hard to believe my boys have been out of school for 3 weeks already. We have been spending a lot of time at the pool playing. I hope you are enjoying your summer too!
Recently I connected with another blogger, Kaitlin from AnApplePerDay.com Her website is full of great healthy living tips. We agreed to partner up in our love of sharing and encouraging other moms and she was so sweet to write about her experience with Aqua Aerobics. Thanks so much Kaitlin! Be sure to hop over to her website and check it out.
“My husband will tell you that in a lot of ways, I’m not terribly adventurous. We always have roast beef on Wednesdays – I’m just that sort of person. So he raised an eyebrow when I said I was going to try an aqua aerobics class. I’ve been a runner for years, and pretty methodical about it. But I’ve discovered water workouts are so much fun, I’ve recommended them to all my friends.
There are so many choices. One of the first things I had to figure out – which aqua exercise to try first. There was just a wonderful range of options for a water workout, that I had to just pick one. I could try aqua tai chi, water yoga, kick boxing or the sexy Zumba. There were classes for strength workouts, and if I wanted to get in some cardio, a trainer suggested just treading water for a while. The first time I tried pool boxing, I figured out just how strenuous water work could really be. After punching in the water for a short time, I was really breathing hard, but felt a real sense of satisfaction that I could do it. With the classes, you get the added bonus of a social connection – people are having a lot of fun, are very friendly, and that will keep you coming back because it’s so enjoyable.
Wonderful benefits. Because I had run for years, when I heard about the low impact benefit of water exercise, I was very intrigued. The buoyancy of the water supports around 80% of my body weight, so there’s a tremendous lightness you experience during a water workout. My legs can feel the difference when I do something like lunges in the water – there’s not that clunky impact you get on land. Now the workout doesn’t lead to injuries – it helps prevent them. The muscles, joints and bones are stressed less doing exercises in the water.
A great cardio option. I never imagined that working out in the water could be such great cardio exercise. When I started aqua walking, I could feel one of the powerful elements of working out in the water – resistance. I had to work more to push through the dense water than I did on land, and let me tell you – it’s noticeable. I escalated to aqua jogging, which is at a faster pace than walking, and I was surprised at how quickly my breathing picked up. Instead of the heat and pounding of the running trail, I was soothed and cooled by the water, which made the whole experience wonderful.
A new use for the pool. If I don’t want to go to the gym, I now have a way to use my pool that doesn’t mean swimming (I just never have been that into swimming for exercise). One thing I have done a lot is core work. I will put a towel on the side of the pool, then lean my arms on it, facing the water. I take my legs and pull them up to my chest, then let them relax again, and do that about 15 to 20 times for one set. Then I try for 2 to 3 sets depending on how I’m feeling that day. If I’m having a stressful day, it’s a wonderful break to go out and enjoy the cool of the water for a few minutes, and get some awesome ab work at the same time.
I think my husband believed I would try water workouts one time and then go back to my running routine. He’s been surprised that I have stayed with the aqua aerobics, and now he wonders what’s next – will roast beef will be on Thursday?”
Kaitlin Gardner started AnApplePerDay.com to further her passion for a family friendly, green living lifestyle. She is married to her best friend and lives in Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking, biking and enjoy nature. She just started her first book about living an eco-friendly, healthy, natural lifestyle.