These are programs that the Aquatics staff are offering for SRFC members to join. They are great fun and helpful!
Aqua-aerobics is not only a fun way to maintain sound cardiovascular fitness, but it's also an excellent method to tone your body and muscles. All the while, you're enjoying all the benefits of a refreshing dip in the pool! Burn up to 400 calories!
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What is swimming and water exercise?
Take a recreational trip just about anywhere and chances are you'll end up near some type of water. Swimming is a natural activity for both fun and cooling off. From a fitness standpoint, swimming has physical and mental benefits. And where physical restrictions limit land-based exercise, water exercise offers a perfect fitness opportunity.
There are many different approaches to swimming and water exercise, be it lap swimming or water aerobics, that can benefit your heart, lungs and muscles. Particularly if you have suffered an injury or suffer from arthritis, swimming is one exercise that you can perform safely with some medical guidance. No matter whether you swim recreationally or competitively, swimming is a great stress buster and a wonderful, meditative form of relaxation as you propel your body through the water and watch it fold over you.
Water aerobics can be fun and less solitary than swimming. Join a class with a certified instructor, who can direct your activities to your own personal fitness level. You can learn basic techniques, then practice them on your own between classes.
According to the U.S. Water Fitness Association (USWFA), water exercise offers many physical, social and mental benefits, including:
Types of water exercises
- Improved strength and flexibility
- Better muscular endurance and balance (Many professional and amateur athletes cross-train in the water.)
- A stronger heart
- Enhanced physique or figure
- Improved circulation
- Rehabilitation for used or healing muscles and recovery from accidents and injuries
- Weight control
- Relief from stress and tension
- Increased energy
There are many different forms of water exercise:
- Water walking/jogging: Using many types of steps and arm moves in waist- to chest-deep water. Walking or running in the water offers many of the same benefits that you gain on land but far fewer impact-related injuries. Water provides resistance to make your workout even more effective. If you are uncomfortable immersing yourself in water, this is one water activity that you can do with head and shoulders above water.
- Water aerobics: Full body rhythmic moves for 20 minutes or more in shallow or deep water. Purpose is to provide cardiovascular benefits. Water toning/strengthening training: Movement of upper and lower body using water resistance and/or equipment to strengthen, firm and sculpt the muscles.
- Flexibility training: Large moves using full range of motion and full body stretches.
- Water therapy and rehabilitation: Procedures in the water implemented for specific clinical purposes.
- Water yoga and relaxation: Gentle, easy-flowing movement with the water as a relaxation medium.
- Deep-water exercise: Movements of any speed done where feet do not touch bottom. Floatation belts and devices are used.
- Deep-water jogging/running: Simulating land jogging and running at a depth where the feet do not touch the bottom of the water. Floatation belts and devices are used with various drills, methods and running styles.
- Wall exercises: Using the pool wall for support to isolate various parts of the body.
- Water fitness equipment: Professional products especially designed for water toning, strengthening and endurance work. They create interest and add resistance and support.
- Stretching: Specific slow movements done and held for a time after warm-up and at end of a work-out to stretch the hard-worked body muscles and help prevent soreness.
- Lap swimming: Swimming back and forth with various strokes is a fitness option. However, the USWFA recommends that lap swimmers also consider other water exercise, too. If you decide on a lap swimming routine for fitness, start out small, perhaps doing one or two laps until you can complete them without straining. Gradually increase the number of laps you do, fitting in at least 20 minutes of exercise three times a week.
Swimming and water exercise require that you have access to a pool, which usually requires some cost for using local facilities. If you live near a high school or college, discounts are generally offered to neighborhood residents. Otherwise, YMCAs are plentiful and relatively inexpensive and offer instruction to both novices and experienced swimmers, as well as a variety of courses in water exercise. You'll also need a bathing suit and goggles. Certain water exercises require other equipment, such as kick boards and water resistance equipment.
We offer kickboards, pull-bouy's, fins, hand paddles, float belts, resistance weights and a 10-16 lb diving brick.
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