Water exercises and workouts are becoming more and more popular each day. That is because many people rave about how working out that way has changed their fitness routine. This kind of workouts can be a fun change to implement in your fitness routine, and some people decide to make these exercises their primary form of fitness.
The benefits of doing such exercises are so great, and almost everyone can experience them. In this blog post, we are going to explain just a handful of these benefits.
1. Boosts Serotonin Levels
Have you ever noticed that you feel much happier and in a far better mood after working out? There is a scientific reason for this. Exercising helps to boost serotonin levels, which then causes you to feel happier. According to research, doing activities such as water exercises can lead to higher levels of serotonin and can even reduce symptoms of depression. So, when you are doing exercises in your hot tub, swim spa, or pool, you are actively increasing your serotonin levels. Since such exercises can be a quick way to get your heart rate up, many people prefer them when trying to boost their mood. Plus, there is something about being in a hot tub that is sure to improve any bad feeling!
2. Lowers Impact on Your Joints
Many people suffer from sensitive joints from injuries, genetics, and old age. That is a widespread issue that many people face, and most people struggle to workout with unstable joints. Being underwater helps to slow down the rate in which the body hits the surface, thus putting less pressure on the joint. Working out that way is very useful in helping people maintain a consistent workout routine, despite having injured or weak joints– so effective that there are forms of physical therapy that are centered around water. Hydrotherapy is a common form of treatment that focuses on strengthening an injured joint while underwater. You may have seen or heard of physical therapists doing hydrotherapy with their clients. So, if you have sensitive joints, consider doing some exercises.
3. Burns More Calories
Water workouts require a combination of cardio and strength training. In the water, you are not held down by gravity, which makes it much more challenging to raise your arms and legs. So, as you are doing a cardio workout, which already burns a significant number of calories, you are also building strength. The combination of these two can help you burn 400 to 500 calories in just one hour. With such a fun and unique workout style, you won’t even be able to tell you have burned so many calories!
4. Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Consistently being physically active can help lower your blood pressure naturally. That is one of the best ways to lower your blood pressure if you and your doctor don’t want you to start taking medication. Being active through such workouts is no different, and it might even be more effective at lowering blood pressure than other activities.
In a 10-week study of 40 men with hypertension or very high blood pressure, water aerobics was shown to decrease systolic blood pressure by 11.71mmHg on average. Hypertension is defined as having a resting systolic blood pressure of greater than or equal to 140mmHg. That means a decrease in 11.71mmHg is very notable and beneficial for people with hypertension. So, if you have high blood pressure, you may want to consider water exercises to try to lower it.
5. Maintain Physique After Injury
Weightlifters and bodybuilders are no strangers to getting injured. From trying to increase the amount of weight you can bench press to trying to do a specific number of reps, there is a high risk of injury. When weightlifters and bodybuilders get injured, they often feel pressure to get back into the gym to maintain their physique. Getting into the gym too soon after an injury can not only disrupt the healing process, but it can make the injury worse. That should be avoided at all costs. Luckily, it is possible to maintain a physique with an injury.
Water exercises can be a great way to help physique-conscious weightlifters maintain their physique while allowing their bodies to heal. The reason for this is the same as the point brought up in the “low impact” section of this blog post. When doing the proper exercises and movements, the trainee can continue to build their muscles while putting no pressure on their damaged joint or muscle. In this instance, it is best to seek help from a water exercise coach to ensure you do not hurt yourself even more.
6. Anyone Can Do It
As mentioned above, such workouts can typically be done by people who usually feel joint pain when being physically active. There is no required skill set to do water aerobics, and it is suitable for beginners and experts in fitness. If your spouse is unable to go running with you due to an injury, these exercises may be a great way to continue working out together. On the other hand, if you want to spend more time with a parent, it is an excellent activity for people of all ages to enjoy. That is, by far, one of the most significant benefits of water exercises.
7. Start Doing Water Exercises!
There are many other benefits of doing such exercises that were not mentioned on this list. Many people also find that there are personal benefits to working out in the water. So, if you are interested in implementing this form of exercise into your fitness routine, don’t wait to try it. Some gyms have pools that you can use. However, having a private hot tub or swim spa at home can be very useful. Master Spas sells and installs hot tubs, portable spas, and swim spas at a fair rate. To learn more, please feel free to contact us for pricing.