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Adding a Splash to Your
Splish, splash, we were
taking a class.
Workin’ out on a Saturday night.
Well, we’re hoping that you actually have more exciting plans
for your Saturday night adventures.
But either way, you’ll see this almost every morning on
Kiana’s “Flex Appeal,” those bubbling beauties
draped in bathing suits, flotation belts clasped around their
waists and aqua gloves covering their paws.
It isn’t exactly the newest craze to come splashing onto the
fitness scene, but water aerobics is no doubt one of its most
Just take a look at the dazzling smile across Kiana’s
Water aerobics is not only a fun way to maintain sound
cardiovascular fitness, but it’s also an excellent method in
which to tone your body and muscles. All the while, you’re
enjoying all the benefits of a refreshing dip in the pool.
And you don’t need to be Aqua Man to partake in such classes.
Water aerobics has long been viewed as a recreational workout
geared at an older, more subtle, health-conscious crowd.
That’s because in many ways, it is.
No, water aerobics may not be the most ideal method for burning
those calories up. You won’t likely feel the sweat pouring
down you in funnels the way you might on a Stairmaster or
treadmill. And it isn’t going to prepare you for next
But it is a fine way to exercise your heart and lungs while toning
the various muscles. The water provides a great form of
Water aerobics also takes mercy on your joints. You’re not
likely to feel the soreness you would after, say, the relentless
pounding of a step aerobics class. It is certainly a low-impact
exercise and in many instances, depending upon the depth of the
pool, non-impact. In fact, to many physicians, this form of
aerobics has been highly regarded as an effective method of
physical therapy and rehabilitation from various injuries.
Although many classes recommend additional workout tools to
facilitate you – things like water weights and hydro gloves
– all you really need is your swimsuit. However, water shoes,
which will keep you from slipping on wet surfaces, may be a good
Water classes usually kick off with a warm up segment that
generally runs around ten minutes or so, light movements in both
your arms and legs, geared at increasing your blood circulation.
There is also light stretching during this warm-up.
From there, the instructor will lead the class through a number of
cardiovascular activities, exercises that are rhythmic and aimed to
work your entire body. These include anything from jumping jacks to
jogging in place. Meanwhile, the water, of course, provides
The comfort of a water aerobics class is that you are at liberty to
go at your own pace, depending on your level of fitness. In other
words, this is a workout class, not boot camp.
While the exercises are accompanied by music, as is the case in any
other aerobics class, here the tunes are of a much softer
The class concludes with a cool down session for you to unwind
with. This segment, running just a few minutes or so, also includes
some light stretching, designed to prevent injury.
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