Are you looking to improve your cardiovascular health? Do you crave exercise even though you have sore joints? Are you recovering from an injury?
Aqua fit, or exercise practiced in water, offers the following nine buoyant benefits. So do like Michael Phelps and take the plunge into this form of low impact, aquatic fitness…
Did you know that submerged in water up to the waist, the body is rid of 50-percent of it’s weight? If that blows you away, then try submerging yourself to your neck—now you’re only carrying 10-percent of your total body weight. The buoyancy, or anti-gravity effect of water, will let you float through exercises that would otherwise stress your joints at full capacity, outside of the water. This means if you suffer from joint pain or a chronic joint condition, like arthritis or scoliosis, aqua fit will provide a safe and gentle environment for exercise.
In fact, the Arthritis Foundation claims that stretching and strengthening with aquatic exercise relieves joint and muscle pain. (Here are some more Low Impact Joint-Friendly Forms of Exercise).