Forget land, water exercises are the next big thing in the fitness world. In general, exercise is extremely crucial for good health, both physically and mentally. However, there is the risk your loved one may suffer an injury. This is where water exercises come in. Water aerobics provide a safer option as there are lesser chances for slips and falls. Opportunities for strained muscles, tendons, and ligaments are also reduced due to the body’s resistance to water. What’s more, if water aerobics take place in a heated pool, the heat can stimulate blood circulation.
All in all, we have only good things to say about water aerobics. To find out the best water aerobics for mature adults, continue reading.
If you find that your loved ones have weakness in the lower portion of their body, water walking will be good for them. This form of water aerobic exercise also improves posture over time. As its name suggests, simply take steps as if they’re walking on land. Do make sure not to move the toes as much. Water Walking takes place in waist-deep water, which can be higher if you’re capable of handling the pressure.
To perform this water aerobic exercise, stand at the side of the pool and find your balance. Swing the leg to the front, back, and side several times. These actions work towards strengthening leg muscles. To maximize the exercise, swing as far forward as possible. We recommend doing 10 to 15 reps on each side on both legs.
Arms circles performed in water are similar to the ones on land. Submerge in water, ensuring that the water level reaches below the neck. Raise the arms to the side and draw circles in motions, clockwise or anti-clockwise. Most instructors would do up to 15 circles before switching directions. If your loved ones struggle with balancing themselves well, they can stand near the edge of the pool and perform with one arm at a time.
This water aerobic exercise can be used with small weights or a pool noodle. Stand in chest-deep water and hold the equipment on the side. Lift the equipment slowly by contracting the biceps. Your loved ones should ensure that their forearms are parallel to the pool floor. After a few minutes of performing this activity, your loved one should feel soreness in their arms. This is usually not a source of concern, as this means their arms are getting toned.
For arm raises, your loved ones should stand in chest-deep water. Only the head and neck should be exposed. Stand with the feet apart and place the arms alongside the body. Take a deep breath while lifting the arms as high as possible. While it might sound simple, the water pressure makes it tiring for the body to perform this activity after a few rounds. Do up to 10 series of arm raises to see a difference over time.