Back in 2000, my wife and I took a course in water aerobics at the local high school.
One of the things I enjoyed about water aerobics was the fact that it didn’t do too much damage to the joints on your body. Another was that you really can get a real workout.
Water aerobic workouts usually combine a variety of techniques from land aerobics, including walking or running backward and forward, jumping jacks, mimicking cross-country skiing, along with various arm movements. The workout also may incorporate equipment such as flotation devices.
Those individuals who are recovering from serious arm or leg injuries can find that water aerobics can be a very effective form of Aquatic therapy. In addition to the standard benefits of any exercise, the use of water in water aerobics supports the body and reduces the risk of muscle or joint injury.
The mitigation of gravity by flotation places less stress on the joints when stretching, and can allow a greater range of motion. The mitigation of gravity makes water aerobics safe for individuals able to keep their heads out of water, including the elderly. Exercise in water can also prevent overheating through continuous cooling of the body. Most water aerobics classes last for 45-55 minutes.
There’s a website that specializes in developing pools designed to help people recover using Aquatic therapy. The site has big name clients in the athletic world, including the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks (shown below on in this Rehab pool), dozens of collegiate schools and fitness centers.
Rehabilitation centers also develop a Swim spa center at their facilities to help patients recover from serious injuries.