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Benefits of Aqua Exercise

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Aqua exercise is being used by more and more people because of the many benefits it offers. Exercising in water is gentler on the joints and limbs and adds the cooling benefits of the water. Aqua exercise is popular to help rehabilitate injuries and as an easier way for older or mobility-limited people to get some exercise.

Why Aqua Exercise is so Popular

  • Effects of water buoyancy. A person standing in chest-deep water is only taking on the burden of 10 percent of his or her body weight because of the effects of buoyancy. A person who may have difficulty walking outside the pool can get great walking exercise in the pool because the water's buoyancy handles much of the body's weight.
  • Reduced injury risks. Another side effect of the buoyancy of water is that exercises are slowed down to a speed that still benefits the body but makes it much difficult to make a mistake that could lead to an injury. If a person falls in the water during aqua exercise, there's no real risk of injury.
  • Get a great workout. It may seem that the water does most of the work instead of the body, but that's not the case with aqua exercise. Water creates much more resistance than moving around outside the pool. That means simple exercises can take advantage of water resistance that is up to 44 times greater than air resistance outside the pool.
  • Water is cool. By moving in a pool, cool water constantly moves all around you, helping to cool you down a bit while exercising. And a dunk under the surface of the water is a great way to cool off and re-energize during aqua exercise.

Other Benefits of Aqua Exercise

  • Burn calories during exercise or therapy. Aqua exercise, because of the greater resistance of the water, burns plenty of calories both during and after a session. So while you may be rehabbing after a surgery, the aqua exercise can be a first step toward losing some weight as well.
  • Aqua exercises are easy. Because most of your body's weight is supported by the water, things you cannot do well out of the pool are much easier in the water. Exercise that involves a series of leg kicks could cause you to lose your balance out of the water. That's significantly less likely in the pool, for example.
  • Reduce your blood pressure. The soothing, calming effects of water exercise tend to lower blood pressure rates.
  • Exercise 24/7. As long as you have access to an indoor pool. You could conceivably exercise every single day of the year, no matter the temperature.

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