7/18/13

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4 Fitness Benefits of Swimming & Water Aerobics

Although summer presents extra opportunities for working out outside, it can be difficult to stay cool during the heat of the day. One fabulous way of cooling off while getting fit is to move your workout to the pool. As swimming and water aerobics burn a ton of calories, adding a water workout to your routine is a great idea this summer. Keep reading to learn more about this refreshing form of exercise.

This summer, head to the pool for a great workout!

This summer, head to the pool for a great workout!

  1. Swimming provides excellent cross-training. Colorado is home to many hikers, bikers, runners, and other athletes. While these activities help keep you in shape, they can also take a toll on your joints over time. Water aerobics and swimming are a great way to cross-train, as they help combat the wear and tear on joints and ligaments. This article from dietsinreview.com recommends water exercise for cross-training, because it is a low-impact form of exercise that improves muscular endurance. Need ideas for swimming workouts? Click here.
  2. Water exercise increases lung capacity. Another great benefit of working out in water is that it’s great for your lungs. In her article “The Benefits of Water Aerobics: Not Just for the Elderly,” writer Katherine Ayers explains that swimming increases your lung capacity because your lungs are actually forced to work harder due to the pressure of the water.  So if you find yourself getting winded easily, or if you struggle with asthma or other breathing conditions, consider heading to the pool for a workout; however, make sure you clear the form of exercise with your physician first.
  3. Other forms of exercise can be adapted to the water. If you enjoy certain form of exercise–but you need a change of scenery–you may want to move your workout to the pool. You may be surprised to learn that almost any land-based workout can be adapted to the water. In addition to cooling off, you’ll enjoy the variety. Exercises such as yoga, running, cross-country skiing, weight training, and tai chi can all be performed in water. Click here for additional moves to try in the water.
  4. Water workouts can be therapeutic. Water-based workouts are also great for those who are recovering from an injury or who suffer from illnesses such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. This article on doityourself.com explains that both the temperature and the buoyancy of the body in water help alleviate pain and increase circulation throughout the entire body.

This summer, cool off and get in a great workout by swimming laps or trying water aerobics. As a reminder, don’t forget to clear this form of exercise with your physician if it is new to you. In addition to a variety of group fitness classes, personal training, Pilates, and state-of-the-art fitness equipment, sports memberships at Garden of the Gods Club also include access to water aerobics classes. To learn more about membership at Garden of the Gods Club, please contact Membership Director Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com.

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