What is aquafit?
Aquafit is simply an exercise class in water. Like most fitness classes, it involves warmup, cardio, strengthening and flexibility components. Aquafit classes are led by an instructor and often accompanied by music. Different exercises and even dance moves make classes fun and invigorating.
- Joint-friendly running – running underwater is great for strength and cardiovascular training without any strain on the ankles, knees or hips
- Cross-training for high-impact athletics – working out in the water provides excellent cross training and prevents overuse injuries
- Full body workout – all muscle groups are worked out in a supported environment
- Rehab training – pool therapies and exercises are great for joints or stroke recovery
- Anyone with chronic pain or limited mobility – the warmth and buoyancy of the pool greatly aids in range of motion exercises and lessens pain
- Anyone who wishes to become more comfortable in water – exercising in waist-deep water or using flotation aids are great ways to gain more confidence in the water
Hydrotherapy, also known as water therapy, involves submerging one’s body into water at varying temperatures. Aquafit classes, swimming, hot tubs and steam baths are all excellent forms of hydrotherapy which boasts many health benefits, such as:
- Relieves muscle tension – the buoyancy of water supports aching muscles and eases movement, improving range of motion
- Decreases pain – warm water suppresses sympathetic nervous system and decreases nerve ending sensitivity
- Decreases joint compression – build strength without stressing the joints
- Promotes relaxation – warm water naturally relaxes muscles and stimulates the release of endorphins, nature’s own stress fighter
- Encourages detoxification and lymphatic drainage – hydrostatic pressure, turbulence and buoyancy help the flow of blood back to the heart
- Improves mood – enhances quality of life
- Stroke Rehab - This class is designed for anyone recovering from a Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA), frequent TIAs or head injury affecting mobility. Exercises focus on balance, strength, gross and fine motor skills. See previous blog article on the Changing Lives through Water Therapy.
- Water Joints - A rehab program designed for those newly diagnosed with joint degeneration or injury or those recovering from recent joint replacement surgery.