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Health Benefits of Water Aerobics and Exercise

Health Benefits of Water Aerobics and Exercise

Our swimming pools at the Y aren’t just used to help youth cool down on warm summer days—they help Y members of all ages fulfill their personal fitness goals every week. Our water aerobics and water exercise classes, offered at the Clark County Family YMCA and Sherwood Regional Family YMCA, are ideal for people of all fitness levels. 

All are welcome at the Y to experience our warm community devoted to developing a healthier spirit, mind and body. Come to the Y and try out one of our water exercise classes by purchasing a visitor’s day pass, or sign up to become a member and commit to your long-term personal fitness goals. 

Starting a new exercise routine in the pool is easy, with trained professionals who are here to help you transition from land to water workouts in no time. Connect with one of our aquatic staff members today and learn more about the water exercise class types we offer. 

The natural resistance that is created when you exercise in water helps tone and build your body’s muscles. And the low impact style of workouts ensures less stress and pressure is put on the joints of those participating—making water exercise perfect for active older adults, pregnant women and even athletes looking to rehab new or old injuries.

Interested in getting your feet wet and trying a water workout? Check out some of the health benefits a water exercise could provide you 

Healthy Heart

Regular participation in water aerobics or water exercise classes can help improve heart health and cardiovascular strength. The water’s pressure acts as your friend in the pool and helps circulate the blood in your body more efficiently. As your heart continues beating and pumping away with less strain and pressure over time, you effectively lower your risk of heart disease. Water exercises have even been shown to help lower high blood pressures.

Under Less Pressure

Gravity isn’t always our friend, especially when we workout. The high impact style of land workouts can be hard on our bodies, and tend to wear us out more easily. The natural buoyancy of water helps us to feel almost weightless during water exercises. And even reduces some of the impact our bodies and joints typically experience during more traditional workout styles. 

Water exercises and other low impact styles of workouts are particularly ideal for people who suffer from joint pain, or other degenerative body conditions. 

Tone Muscles and Burn Calories 

Exercising in the water is a great way to burn calories and better tone your muscles. Because water is thicker than air, and thus more resistant, our bodies and muscles must work harder—ensuring more round and fuller workouts. 

Find Your Center

When you’re in the water, you don’t need to worry about falling—unless you’re trying to keep your hair dry. Water workouts are low risk compared to land workouts, where you can easily injure yourself by falling backwards after trying to lift too heavy a weight.
 
Water workouts can help you find balance in your land-life, and even improve your flexibility—this is because our joints tend to naturally increase their range of motion when we’re in the water

Getting Started

So you’ve signed up for your first water workout class, what now? Make sure to pack a comfortable swimsuit, towel and dry change of clothes in your bag, and arrive at the pool before class starts so you can do a quick warmup outside the water. Remember to listen to your instructor, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Join Us for a Swim 

You don’t need to feel worried or embarrassed about entering the pool at the Y, because our waters are judgment free. And if you ever miss one of the steps or exercises during class, don’t worry about it—no one can see clumsy feet when they’re submerged underwater anyway.