Exercising in water is a great way to tone up and keep fit, and it’s a lot easier on your joints than any other exercise! For a cooler way to tone up this summer, check out these water-based exercises for all ages.
People of all fitness levels can try kayaking. The beauty is that there is a level for everyone – you can push yourself as hard as you want. It can be competitive or recreational. It can be a team game or a sociable hobby, or just a way of escaping the hustle and bustle of life. No matter what your fitness goals are, the low-impact body movements of kayaking will tone up almost every muscle in your body, including your back, arms and stomach. For details of where to start, visit seakayakinguk.com
Splashing, stretching, twisting, shouting and laughing – that’s Aqua Zumba classes for you. Known as the Zumba “pool party”, the Aqua Zumba programme gives new meaning to the idea of a refreshing workout. Integrating the Zumba philosophy with traditional aquatic fitness disciplines, Aqua Zumba blends it all together into a workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. To find a class near you, visit Zumba.com.
We all know that swimming is a good form of exercise, but there are particular things you can do in the water to work your muscles even more. Treading water may seem like a simple workout, but as you try to float, it works all your muscle groups. ‘Start off floating for about three minutes, and gradually move your way up to five or 10 minutes as you get more advanced,’ says Bristol based swim coach, David Saunders. ‘Make sure you keep your back straight, as this will work your abs as well.’
Many people think that water aerobics is for pregnant women and the elderly, which isn’t true at all. Water aerobics is quite intense, providing significant cardiovascular and strength training benefits. It’s suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and the resistance of the water means it’s a lot kinder on your joints compared to a regular aerobics class. So for a cool, intense workout, trade in your land-based aerobics class this summer for a splash around instead. Ask at your local swimming pool for details of classes.
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