Many water aerobics beginners usually start off by practicing in shallow water that’s usually chest to waist deep. While exercising in a shallow pool can definitely work up a sweat, you might want to consider increasing the intensity level of your workout by moving to deep-end of the pool.
Deep-water exercises will rev up the intensity of your workout by forcing you to completely submerge all of your limbs in water, pitting each move you make against the resistance of the water. In deep water, you’ll find that routine shallow water exercises like water walking or water jogging feel very different. You’ll no longer be able to touch your feet to the floor to push off for your next stride. Instead, you’ll have to rely on the power of your muscles and joints to propel you through the water.
Performing water aerobics in deep water is also ideal for anyone looking for a complete non-impact workout. Because of the fact that your feet usually won’t hit the floor in the deep-end of the pool, there is very little impact at all associated with these exercises. For that reason, deep-water exercises are perfect for rehabilitation purposes or individuals with arthritis or very weak joints.
If you’re considering starting a deep-water workout routine, you might want to keep the following in mind:
- You can use flotation devices, like noodles and flotation belts, to keep you afloat and your back in vertical position so you can move your arms and legs more freely.
- You can opt to not use flotation equipment in the water, but make sure that if you do float on your own that you’re still able to maintain an upright position in the water while you workout.
- For added resistance, you can also use equipment like AquaJoggers, hand buoys, water dumbbells and water barbells to provide you with a more intense workout. The added buoyancy will provide even more resistance to your movements so that you’re likely to feel the burn of your workout quicker.
- Since your whole swimsuit will be completely submerged in chlorine-filled water you should invest in some chlorine-resistant swimwear to ensure that you’re not investing in swimsuits that will fall apart after only a few uses.
- Make sure to bring drinking water. Even though the pool water will help keep you cool throughout your workout, you’ll still be sweating so it’s important to keep replenishing your body’s fluids.
- Before you begin a deep-water exercise program, make sure that your instructor is on board and that you’re truly ready for it. While the fitness benefits may be great, you don’t want to push yourself too hard.
- Some comfortable bathing suit options for water aerobics include: racerback tankinis, high-neck one pieces, long torso swimwear and aquatards.
- When shopping for water aerobics swimwear, keep in mind that your swimsuit should provide with you the best and most secure fit so that the only thing you’ll have to focus on during your workout is making a splash!