As we age we need exercise more and more in order to maintain good health. Unfortunately, the more we age the less able we are to handle the stress exercise causes on our bones and joints. And as jobs and careers become less and less physical and more and more mental across our society, we tend to be more exercise deficient than ever as a whole. We are also a nation of overweight and obesity and weight loss is a necessity for most of us. These factors have combined to create a low-impact revolution in our society. Older people are constantly looking for a way to meet the body’s needs for exercise without doing more harm than good.
Among the most popular and well-rounded types of low impact exercises are those based on the resistant, yet giving nature of fluids. Most low-impact exercises involve either gradually resistant hydraulic machines or exercise in water. Typically, the most inexpensive and enjoyable way to get a low-impact workout is by doing aerobic water exercises. These provide a near-constant level of resistance for the development of healthy muscles and bones without causing damage to bones and joints that jolting and jerking exercises do.
Many aerobic water exercises are performed in a manner similar to traditional aerobics. In some cases, it might even be a fun dance routine performed to music. Aerobic water exercise programs can be customized to any level of fitness and advanced as you advance. Most of these aerobic water exercise programs are completed in 20 to 60 minutes, 3 to 6 days per week. Such a program will not only improve cardiovascular fitness, as implied by the term aerobic, but it will also improve muscular development, muscular endurance, muscular strength, bone strength, and overall flexibility.
Aerobic water exercise doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be in deep water or floating. Most of the exercises are in fact done in only waist to chest deep water. The routine can be customized your level of comfort with water.
What many people don’t realize is that the greater level of resistance provided by water than air allows you to burn way more calories during the workout than you would burn in a traditional aerobics program. Thus, if weight loss is an important reason you are exercising then you can expect much quicker results in an aerobic water exercise program. You’ll also see quicker weight loss and muscle toning.
Some people find aerobic water exercises to be so relaxing and the water to be so cooling that they forget they are even exercising. It can in fact be very relaxing for the body to be in water, even when you’re exercising. The water supports much of your weight while you’re in it, so your muscle is focused mostly on the exercises. If you have friends join you in your aerobic water exercise program, it can be a lot of fun in addition to weight loss and good health.