Hi all! Happy Thursday! Today a fellow writer, Patricia, is going to share with you her 6 Quick Beginner Aqua Aerobics Tips To Get Started! I love sharing other writer’s work to bring a new spin to the Powercakes site!
In college I used to love getting into the pool at our fitness center and getting in a great workout. It’s amazing how quickly that you can feel your heart pumping! I also took an Aquatics class in College where we used to train to swim a final 500m at the end of the semester. I LOVED it! We used to wear heart rate monitors to study how our heart rates would change while swimming & the research was pretty awesome.
Today, Patricia, is sharing with you her top 6 tips if you’re just starting out with some Aqua Aerobics & I think many of us can take away some of her great info!
Patricia Hogenes won her first writing contest in college, and has been writing a lot ever since. She now writes freelance articles regularly. She also plays guitar, and occasionally will be inspired to put some of her poetry to music.
6 Quick Beginner Aqua Aerobics Tips To Get Started
Most community pools have a variety of fun and enjoyable water workout classes, which makes it easy to give aqua aerobics a try. Once you try working out in the water, you quickly get hooked on the whole experience. Here are 6 tips for those just starting out with aqua aerobics:
1) Enjoy yourself. There’s a better chance you will keep doing an exercise routine if it is a pleasant experience. People smile and laugh a lot in aqua aerobics classes – they are enjoying themselves! Yes, they’re getting a good workout, but the water provides a very soothing element that makes the workouts a lot of fun. You’ll walk away feeling like you got a good workout, but also refreshed from enjoying the water. It’s a wonderful sensation, so enjoy it!
2) Try different workouts. For a robust and energetic time in the pool – kick boxing or the really popular Zumba dance classes can provide a fantastic cardio routine. For relaxing, there are tai chi and water yoga classes. If a group workout doesn’t sound appealing, go to the gym when the lap lanes are open and try aqua jogging or walking. Don’t just try one class and think that’s all that aqua aerobics has to offer. To learn more, check out the water workout article at this site, the article on fun pool fitness options here, or specific water exercises here.
3) Don’t overdo at first. Sometimes a beginner will go too hard in their first workout, and get really sore, or even sustain an injury. Being in the water is such an enjoyable experience, it might help to set workout goals low, to ensure that you don’t overwork. Do a moderate amount of work, then stop. If an exercise routine is particularly strenuous, don’t set a time limit for the workout. Stop before you feel sore or really tired.
4) Do stay well hydrated. In the water, there’s sometimes a sense that you don’t have to drink any water, because it’s hard to tell that you’re sweating. Make sure to drink water – take a bottle and set it near the edge of the pool, where it can be easily reached. Take small sips regularly during the workout, and drink plenty of water after the workout is over.
5) Enjoy the low impact aspect. Runners in particular seem to notice the low impact effect when they first try aqua aerobics – possibly because it’s so easy on knees and legs tired from running on hard surfaces. Because of the buoyancy of the water, people in the water only have to support 50 percent of their body weight. If a person is trying aqua jogging for the first time, they’ll really feel the lightness of the water. Let yourself really appreciate the spring you’ll feel from being in the water.
6) Notice the resistance. While the water supports a person, it will also provide resistance. That’s why a short aqua workout will really elevate a person’s breathing. Pushing through the water makes the person work harder than they expect. While the resistance will be there from the first time you work out in the water, it may take a while to appreciate just how much effort you exert. Notice that impact, and realize that workouts may need to be shorter at first, just because of the resistance.
A person just starting out with aqua aerobics will quickly begin to appreciate the many benefits of working out in the water. But as a beginner, you will really enjoy the fun element of aqua aerobics – and that’s what will keep you coming back. Smile and enjoy!
Thank you Patricia!
Have a great day guys & be true to you,
Have you ever done a pool workout? I love getting in a good swim to switch up my weekly routine!