We all have tried various exercise regimens to keep fit and have a toned body. The newest method to tone up is to stretch, squat and strength train under water. Gym workout is strenuous and becomes monotonous after a point of time. What better than getting in the pool in summers!
Swimming is one of the best forms of exercises but now the non-swimmers can also look forward to get into the pool and splash some water and get a fit and toned body. It helps the body to unload fatigue from intense land-based exercises. Flutter kicking, aqua-jogging, leg lifts, standing water push-ups and arm curls are some easy-to-do water exercises to start with.
Many gyms and pools also offer regular batches in water boxing, aqua step as well providing specialized equipment that can be used for different exercises under water. Underwater strength training is the latest water workouts to join the bandwagon. It boosts your heart rate and muscle strength and it is low impact thus avoiding the chances of back or knee injuries during the workout.
Water workouts have gained a lot of popularity in the recent times owing to an array of benefits. Irrespective of the fitness levels water workout has the potential to appeal a wider group of people because regardless of the fitness level there is a very good chance that you might enjoy the water workout. The main reason of people latterly preferring water workout is that you can exercise under water even while you are recuperating from an injury. It does not put any stress on the body that allows you to continue exercising. The buoyancy of water makes you feel light under water therefore outing significantly less pressure on muscles, joints and bones. Water workout is relatively safe for pregnant women; those suffering from BP and obese individuals as the heart rate are slightly lower in water.
A list of few water exercises to begin with and beat the heat:
- Tread Water: For beginners one can try to float for 3 minutes at least. It involves all your muscle groups. One can work their way up to 5 to 10 minutes gradually.
- Leg Lifts
- Arm Curls
- Aqua jogging
- Flutter kicking (with or without a kick board)
- Stretching exercises: it is advised to do stretching exercises after a session of water workout.
Guest Writer: Aanchal Taneja