Coach Jessica and Justin Rundle here, and we would like to introduce Kaitlin Gardner of “An Apple Per Day” blog. Much like Workout Anywhere her blog covers living a healthier lifestyle, and the topic below fits perfectly into our training philosophy.
Aqua Aerobic activities are the perfect aerobic activity, because they are low impact, but still aerobically taxing, i.e. making aqua aerobics a wonderful way to burn calories. In short, this fits into our 12 Week Training Schedules as another form of activity in between our higher intensity workouts. Read on to meet Kaitlin Gardner and to learn more about various aqua aerobic activities.
My Favorite Aqua Aerobics Routines by Kaitlin Gardner
A while back I decided to really focus on getting back into exercise. I tried running for a while, but evidently it just wasn’t what I needed. I had trouble keeping a steady routine. Then I discovered the fun of water workouts, and it’s changed my whole attitude about exercise.
The basics. The key is the word aerobic – an exercise done in the water that raises the heart rate and provides a solid cardiovascular effect can be considered aqua aerobics. The range of exercises available was the first thing that impressed me when I checked out water workouts. Here are some great resources with more information:
- Water Aerobics and Water Fitness Exercises
- My Ultimate Guide To Aqua Aerobics
- Health Benefits of Water Based Exercise
As to my favorite water exercise routines, it’s hard to just pick a couple, because there are so many that I like, but here are my top choices.
A group class. Sometimes it’s nice to not have to think about what to do next, but have someone tell you. With a group, I know the instructor will lead us through a solid variety of exercises, and we’ll work arms and legs, with a solid cardio component. Plus, the water is so enjoyable that there is a lot of interaction in a class. People enjoy being there, so everyone is very friendly – after years of working out in the gym where everyone is in their own little world with their headset on, it’s a nice change to work with a group where people interact.
Kickboxing. If I’ve had a stressful week and need to just bleed off some steam, a good kickboxing session is just the right workout for me. The nice part about the water is that if I get off balance, I don’t risk a hard fall onto a gym floor. I can kick and punch all that I want, and it’s a totally tiring routine. The first time I did this class I was astonished by how much force was required to push my arms and legs through the water – it’s like the water was pushing back. I was told that was the resistance effect, and it really added to the workout. My husband can tell when I’ve been to a kickboxing class, because I’m so mellow when I come home.
Aqua tai chi. I took a tai chi class a while back, and really enjoyed the quiet movements that felt like a slow motion dance routine. When I perform those same movements in the water, there’s an added lightness because of the buoyancy of the water which is very soothing. The instructor emphasizes coordinating the breathing with the rhythm of the movements, and the whole experience is very relaxing. I finish up the class, and try to remember what I was so stressed about.
Aqua jogging. If I want a really great cardio workout that feels like a good long run on the trail, I go aqua jogging. I head to the community pool when the lap lanes are open, and just get in one and begin moving down the lane with a good running posture. I have to lean a little like I’m sprinting to push against the resistance of the water. I wear old grungy tennis shoes, to protect my feet from the rough pool bottom, and I put a water bottle at the end of the lane to stay hydrated. I’ve heard competitive runners use aqua jogging as a cross training tool, and I can see why. I get all the burn of a run, but without the pounding of a trail or treadmill.
I love working out in the water, and when someone asks why, I just tell them to try it – they’ll soon see how enjoyable aqua aerobics can be.
Kaitlin Gardner started An Apple Per Day to explore her passion for a green living lifestyle, and healthy family living. She and her husband have just moved to rural Pennsylvania, where they enjoy exploring the countryside to discover interesting and out of the way places. She is also learning how to paint watercolors.