Let’s Go Deep
By: Shelly G. AEA Certified Instructor
Exercising in deep water decreases the impact on joints, improves circulation, stabilizes your core and improves flexibility all at the same time. Water exercise training can enhance your performance on land, so it’s no wonder that even top athletes are heading to the deep end of the pool not only for injury rehab, but for cross-training as well.
While using a flotation belt, deep water exercisers can: march, jog, or sprint, and do a variety of multidimensional movements, including cross country skiing, kicks, twists, and jumping jacks. Your entire body is engaged either performing the exercise or stabilizing.
Deep-water workouts can benefit nearly anyone, according to Julie See, president of “AEA” the Aquatic Exercise Association in Nokomis, Florida.
“Exercising in deep water can be modified to meet almost any goal for any population,” says See, “from challenging a professional athlete to reducing back pain for a pregnant woman, or improving functional movement for older adults.”
Working out in the pool benefits your: heart, lungs, abs, joints, muscles and circulation. The deep part of the pool can be a safer place for anyone with heart or blood pressure issues as the hydro static pressure (compression) of the water works to improve your circulation. The compression and temperature work together to keep both your blood pressure and heartbeat low.
This form of exercise is guaranteed to build your core strength because it’s harder to move while upright in the deep water, which requires you to engage your abdominal muscles. It’s a strength workout because opposing muscles are worked with every move due to the water’s resistance. While there’s less impact on the joints, there’s also potential for increased range of motion because the water supports your limbs, making it easier for joint mobility.
If you are looking to diversify your workout, build your endurance, tone and burn more calories/lose weight… try the deep end of the pool. Just check the schedule for Deep Water Aerobics classes at your local area YMCA’s or clubs.