Fitness is not limited to the athletes. Mom, dad, grandpa, and grandma can still join the fun and reap the benefits of a good swimming activity. Water aerobics such as Aqua Zumba is one of the fun ways to stay healthy. It is a 45-minute class for all ages, perfect as a social bonding among friends and family. In addition, the feel-good nature of the class encourages strangers to get to know each other – this is important for those who’d like to commit to keeping a healthy lifestyle because company is a great motivator for long-term goals!
Can I join an Aqua Zumba class?
Yes, of course! Aqua Zumba is a safe-for-all water aerobics class. In fact, people with arthritis, circulatory problems, back problems, chronic illness foot or leg injury, knee conditions, and joint problems are not exempted from taking the class. In other words, those with such conditions can join Aqua Zuba because it is safe for them.
What makes it safe?
Water is buoyant, meaning your weight is supported underwater (you can experience as much as 90 percent less weight when in the water)! This is what makes swimming a low-impact exercise. It places very little stress on joints, tendons, and ligaments, and thus reduces the risk of muscle soreness, stress fractures, and broken bones. Indeed, water has a supportive and protective quality such that those who have poor coordination or may innocently lose balance during a class won’t have to worry about falling on solid concrete. Water keeps them safe.
Will Aqua Zumba help me build strength or at least lose some calories?
Oh yes, you will! Did you know that you work against 12 times the resistance of air when exercising in water? The resistance of water contributes to muscle development while at the same time, it burns around 300 to 500 calories during a water aerobics class.
“Expect to burn nearly 300 calories during an hour-long water aerobic class, though the actual amount you burn will depend on your size, the intensity of your movements, as well as water temperature and depth. In general, faster movements incorporating the upper and lower body in deep water elicit the greatest calorie burn.” (Boldt, 2017)
How can I join an Aqua Zumba Class?
You can go to The Noodies Website at https://www.thenoodies.com/packages-and-rates and fill in the following details:
Package/Class (choose Aqua Zumba Waterwork!)
Location of Class (is there a swimming pool you prefer that’s near you?)
Who teaches the classes?
At The Noodies Swim School, our teachers are licensed Aqua Zumba instructors trained to teach rhythmic movements inside the water. You’re sure to have a blast while getting fit!
Is the class beginner-friendly?
There’s no need to be a pro at Aqua Zumba – all you need to bring is yourself, as well as the eagerness to enjoy the challenges and have fun. Aqua Zumba is not competitive. It is a water activity that fosters community among people with varying ages and conditions. It is inclusive – both young and old can join. Plus, there’s no need to feel embarrassed when you miss a beat during your first class since the activity is underwater (not a lot of people will even notice the mistake)! Therefore, Aqua Zumba is an activity that helps build confidence as you progress in the sport.
What are some water exercises that I can do on my own?
Although the following water activities are safe to do in itself, it is best to have a companion to keep accountable to ensure each other’s safety. Below are some activities you can try, which are sure to keep your heart rate up!
Jog from one end of the pool to the other (don’t jog along the areas that are too deep – make sure the water is still beneath your chin, at the least – preferably at shoulders reach).
Kick at a steady tempo – you may use a kickboard for this, or you may kick from the edge of a pool. If you opt for a kickboard, kick from one end of the pool to the other.
Stand on the side of a pool and lift one leg out to the side then back down. This strengthens both the legs and the core!
Standing Water Push Ups
Stand along the side of the pool and plant your hands a little wider than shoulder-width apart (as in doing a push up position while standing up against a wall). Bend your arms to lean towards the wall, then push yourself back out. This builds arm, chest, and shoulder strength without stressing the joints too much!
You may use water weights for this for extra resistance. Hold the weights with palms facing out, then curl the weights up and down.
Are you sure I can do it?
Aqua Zumba is safe for all but should you wish to ensure your safety, it’s always advisable to seek your doctor’s approval. We would be happy to hear you out if you wish to speak with us to inquire about the program. You may reach us through Facebook and/or Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenoodies/
Talk to you soon!