There are many different ways to exercise – in the gym, at home with online personal trainers, yoga in the park, running on the track and many, many more. But, have you tried exercising in the water? According to many medical researches of exercising in the water, it has been proven that it has many benefits – not only it enables you to increase flexibility, cardiovascular health and strength – it is also a great way to keep your body cool during hot summer months. Now you are thinking – if it is so good, why no one is doing it? That is actually a good question and the answer might be a little complex, but it all comes down to exercising in water not being convenient enough, especially not like a gym.
One of the main reasons why exercising in water is so beneficial for our bodies is the resistance that moving in water provides. Some say that you could consider working out in the water like you always have extra weight on your whole body. Furthermore, experts say that only in water you can exercise multiple opposing muscle groups by doing one move, which is something that no other exercise routine can offer.
Along with the resistance that water provides, there is another characteristic of water that makes it awesome for exercise – it is called buoyancy, meaning that bodies have the tendency to float in it. This characteristic is good because it reduces your weight, meaning that there is less stress on your bones, muscles and all joints. Strain that joints have to endure during high-impact exercises (like running) doesn’t happen in water and this is one of the reasons why experts recommend water exercises for all people who are starting with exercises and have excess weight or are obese. Furthermore, exercising in water uses core, obliques, back and abdominal muscles, which is usually not the case with other exercises.
When it comes to workouts themselves, there is wide variety to choose from – most obvious being swimming. Some experts even say that swimming is running in water, wanting to say that it is similar because it needs no special gear and it is super-easy to learn. Other exercises also include treading, jogging or weight lifting (but this requires special weights designed for use in the water).
At the first glance, exercising in water and on land is completely different, but this doesn’t mean your approach should be any different. Keep in mind that warming up and stretching is also required before doing any exercise in the water. Furthermore, even though exercising in water is harder than on land, this doesn’t mean that you can only do one series and think that it is enough – just like working out in the gym – you need to do multiple repetitions to get the most out of the exercise.
One situation where water exercise is better than any other type of exercise – when a person is injured. All experts and professional athletes agree that when you are injured, the only way to exercise is in the water!