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Benefits of Doing Deep Water Aerobics

written by: Rachael Gerkensmeyer • edited by: Cheryl Gabbert • updated: 1/3/2011

The benefits of deep water aerobics are profound. The best part is that these benefits are not limited to those who are in their prime or who are already fit. In fact anyone of any age can enjoy this fun exercise and all of the benefits that go along with it!

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    Are There Really That Many Benefits?

    water aerobics The benefits of deep water aerobics are many, which is why this type of exercise is used to treat numerous ailments such as diabetes and limb immobility. It is also extremely effective in weight loss and strength training. Following a regular schedule of deep water aerobics can make an impact in several areas of your life, some of the most important and evident follows.

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    Reduce your Risk of Heart Disease

    A regular water aerobics exercise program will do wonders in reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, and other factors that directly affect your risk of heart disease and stroke. While exercises like walking are great for heart health, water aerobics tends to play a bigger role as it works the entire body without a lot of resistance which makes it easier to workout longer and get the blood pumping faster.

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    Lose Some Extra Weight

    One of the biggest benefits of deep water aerobics is the effectiveness it has on weight loss. Like the out of water aerobics routine, water aerobics burns a lot of calories. Along with a balanced and sensible diet, working out in the water can be an effective long term method in losing weight and keeping it off for good.

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    Get Active When You Normally Can’t

    Those that suffer from chronic pain, broken limbs, arthritis or who are recovering from an accident will find water aerobics to be an easy way to ease back into a workout routine. Because your weight can be reduced by up to 90 percent while you’re in the water, it’s easier to move around and get the heart pumping than any other exercise, including walking. Water aerobics can help to alleviate pain and can also help to build muscle in weak limbs.

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    Gain Flexibility

    Deep water aerobics offers the ability to create more flexible motion while in the water, which can be transferred to movements outside of the water in everyday life. This is extremely helpful for those who are overweight, those who suffer from arthritis, and those who are older and who experience stiffness. This exercise also takes it easy on your joints so you won’t suffer from pain due to the workout.

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    Creating a Deep Water Aerobics Plan

    Because of the many benefits of deep water aerobics, you may want to incorporate an exercise routine to follow. Whether you have a swimming pool at home, it’s a good idea to locate an instructor at your local public pool or to hire private instruction until you are comfortable with the proper techniques of this kind of exercise.

    You might find water aerobics classes to be a fun and exciting way to stay on track, so ask your local pool about classes they offer. If you can’t find any, consider putting together your own water aerobics session with friends and family. This is a good way to get together and have a good time while keeping your heart healthy, your weight under control, and your limbs and bones feeling younger than ever.

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    Resources

    Diabetic Lifestyle: "Water Aerobics" Retreived January 1, 2011

    My Optimum Health: "Water Aerobics: Everyone in the Pool" Retreived january 1, 2011

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    Image Credits

    Flickr/Public Domain