The Best Pool Workouts

2 Aug

Water exercise is a smart fitness choice at any age.

5 classes to make a splash in:

Why not dip a toe in one of these group fitness classes? Many are available at local YMCAs community pools, and health clubs

Ai Chi. This form of tai chi combines deep breathing and a series of slow-paced movements done in shoulder deep water. It may improve movement and balance.

Aqua Cycling. During this class participants ride stationary bikes in the shallow end of a pool. “The resistance comes from the water,” says Austin Way, fitness director at the Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in Vista, California. “The intensity is determined by how fast you pedal”.

Aqua Pilates. This class includes strengtheners, such as leg circles and side bends, done in the shallow end of the pool or while lying on a floating board that’s anchored so you don’t drift away. “The instability enhances recruitment of the deep stabilizing muscles of the pelvis and spine.” Way explains.

Aqua Yoga. You’ll do a series of standing yoga poses in a pool during this class. The water allows your body to bend in different ways than it can on land.

Aqua Zumba. “This is a pool party!” Way says. An instructor teaches you easy-to-follow dance combinations that you repeat to the beat of music to boost your heart rate.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health July 2018

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