- The buoyancy of water absorbs a lot of the impact of your exercises so you can achieve a lot more in the water than on dry land. A lot of land moves that are awesome for your strength and fitness (like a tuck jump) run the risk of injury through their high impact on your joints or in my case hurt my ego when I fall on my face. Water not only absorbs some impact of a lot of exercises it will kindly catch you when you fall (you won't see gravity being so kind)
- Any move you do in water can produce up to 40 times greater resistance than the same move on land. We can use this in a fitness program to work a little bit harder or to seriously challenge ourselves.
- Without getting all science geek on you, your heart works more efficiently in water. The pressure of the water on your body helps your heart circulate blood. What this means to you is that by working equally hard in the water than on land you have a lower heart rate so you can work out for longer or you can exert a higher amount of effort and get a greater return.
- I like to think of the water as a great equaliser - where else would I find myself in an exercise group with a super fit sportsperson and people in their 60s where we all finish equally exhausted? In the water your efforts are yours alone - no one can see you working out in the water and even if they could a water workout can be so engaging that they wouldn't care to look anyway. If you've been thinking about getting into a workout routine or have been wanting to add something new or if you're super fit and want to work at a higher intensity (by taking advantage of a water heart rate) remember that the Pool is the New Gym.
In conjunction with Arana Hills Physiotherapy in October 2015 we will be kicking off our Water Fitness Program. We will have some 30 minute Aqua Express circuits for those that want to get in, get fit and get out and some 50 minute classes for those that have more time to spend.