Aqua fit exercises provide a fantastic all-over workout, burning around 750 calories per class. Doing the same exercises on dry land simply doesn’t produce the same results in terms of ticking both the cardio and resistance training boxes.
You can expect to work all the major muscle groups during a class and the brilliant thing about the resistance provided by water is that it’s multidirectional. That means that every movement you make requires both a push and pull from opposing muscle groups. Not only does this double the toning benefit of your workout, but it’s also a fantastic way of balancing out uneven muscle tone.
Say you spend most of your exercise time cycling or running – you’ll find that you’re only working certain muscles, leaving others comparatively weaker. As your muscles become more uneven, it isn’t unheard of to find yourself more prone to pain, injury and posture problems. The solution? Balance things out by adding in an aqua fit class to your regular exercise routine.
As well as providing support for your joints and resistance for your muscles, being in the water brings the additional benefits of:
• boosting lymphatic drainage
• improving circulation
• decreasing sweating and resulting dehydration
• massaging your body as you move
Aqua fit fans often speak of how refreshed they feel after a class – a welcome prospect for those of us who finish our workouts as a drained, sweaty mess! Add in the mood-boosting effects of a fun, social class and you’ve increased the feel-good factor even further.