WATER AEROBICS FAQ’s
What is Water Aerobics?
Water aerobics (also known as aqua fitness, water exercise, aquacise or aquafit) is a type of exercise performed in waist or chest-deep water. The exercises promote physical fitness and muscle training using water resistance while minimizing the impact of the exertion on the joints and muscles.
What advantages does water aerobics offer?
Water resistance and buoyancy make water aerobics different from other types of land-based exercises. The natural resistance creates ‘drag’ as you move your limbs back and forth through the water. The buoyancy also ensures that you don’t put too much pressure on your joints and feet while standing and moving around in the pool.
Jump right into our Water Aerobic classes and build cardiovascular fitness and strength. Just like swimming, our water aerobics classes are easy on your joints, yet challenging enough to help you reach new levels of fitness. Because of their low-impact format, water aerobics classes are suitable for every age and fitness level, from beginning exercisers through elite athletes.
Do you need special equipment to do water aerobics?
One of the benefits of water aerobics is that the exercises can be performed with or without equipment. All you need is waist or chest-deep water, a little bit of room and some high-quality water aerobics swimwear. The natural resistance of the water will help work your muscles on its own. If you choose to perform your exercises in deep water, you can use a flotation belt, or noodle, to ensure that your back remains upright and straight while you move your arms and legs through the water.
How Often Can I Do a Water Workout?
You’ve hit the jackpot!!! The natural buoyancy of water protects tender knees, hips & back. Plus, the inherent massaging property of water works out muscle soreness as you work out. That’s why athletes have used the water for no-down-time training.
So yes, you can comfortably do a water workout daily. Many students report that they sleep better and feel their muscles are refreshed. Physiologically, you’ll improve your cardio endurance and receive a full body toning. If you combine your water workouts with nutritionally-sound eating, you’ve got a winner for weight management.
What Do I Wear to Water Aerobics?
Wear the appropriate swimsuit for comfort and ease of movement. Shop for athletic swimwear that’s comfortable and fitted, such as long -torso swimwear, racerback swimsuits or cross-back swimsuits. A swimsuit constructed with synthetic fibres, such as polyester and or even Lycra, will afford your better flexibility and durability.
If you dread the thought of going out bathing suit shopping (we’ve all been there!), you’ll be glad to know you can wear a simple alternative such as a lightweight pair of shorts and t-shirt or tank top. Please test the fabric of your swimsuit alternative before wearing into the pool to make sure that they are colourfast and the colours don’t bleed.
Why Do Some Students Wear Shoes in the Pool?
For pool traction (and added leg toning), many students wear pool shoes. What are these? They can be as basic as old aerobic shoes—with WHITE soles—that you don’t mind getting in wet.
But let’s not forget that for every sport, there is a shoe—and so it is with water workouts! Manufacturers make these sport-styled shoes that have holes in the bottom (for water drainage). These gems are easy to find on-line— or at adventure stores such as Cape Union Mart.
Is Water Aerobics Effective for weight loss?
Yes! It’s common knowledge that to lose weight you need to burn more calories per day than you consume. Water Aerobics focuses on the calorie burning aspect of weight loss by increasing your activity level through aerobic exercise, and increasing your lean muscle through strength training.
The word “aerobic” means “with oxygen” and the amount of oxygen you inhale during Water Aerobics’ aerobic section directly relates to the amount of calories you will burn. For every litre of oxygen you inhale, you burn approximately 5 calories. Every time you work a muscle, it demands more oxygen. Therefore, the more muscles you work the greater the demand for oxygen and the more calories you will burn.
Water Aerobics workouts are designed to work multiple muscle groups of the upper and lower half body at the same time, which can result in greater cardiovascular output, oxygen consumption and calories burned. The bigger and faster you move, the more calories you will burn. Thousands of men and women of all ages and abilities have participated in Water Aerobics, many reporting Water Aerobics helped them get in shape faster and easier than any other exercise program they’ve tried!
Is Water Aerobics advisable during pregnancy?
Water Aerobics can be an excellent form of exercise if you are having a healthy pregnancy without complications, and your doctor has cleared you to participate in our program. Deep-water is an ideal workout environment for pregnant women because throughout their workout they’re gently cushioned and supported. In addition, there is no impact on their joints, the coolness of water prevents overheating and they experience less water retention.
Another great benefit is many women find that they are so comfortable in water that they can work out their entire pregnancy, so they gain less weight and get back into shape easier after the baby is born.
Over the years, Water Aerobics has helped many pregnant women maintain the vitality, strength and flexibility that they have needed to feel their best during and after their pregnancy.
What Water Aerobic safety tip do you have?
A medical check-up is advised before beginning any exercise program. Ask your physician if Water Aerobics is the right workout for you, especially if you have special physical conditions or are taking medications that affect your ability to exercise.
- Start out slow. Only do part of the workout. Progress as your fitness improves.
- Always workout at a pace that is comfortable. Take breaks when needed.
- Only do exercises that feel safe and comfortable.
- If you experience any pain or unusual symptoms, stop exercising and consult your doctor immediately.
- Hydrate well! Drink water, before, during and after your workout.
How can I motivate myself to Exercise?
All action begins with a thought. Change your thought, and your action will change.
Being physically fit greatly enhances the quality of our lives. If we are strong, vital, healthy and free of physical problems, we tend to have more energy and ability to do the things that we love. Therefore, a regular exercise program is important.
Yet many of us have a hard time sticking to a regular exercise program for many reasons. So it is important to look at why we don’t exercise in order to change. If cannot find a really important reason why you don’t exercise, then you might want to look at your excuses that you make in order to talk yourself out of exercise.
It is human nature to be creative, and most of us become VERY creative when we start our day searching for reasons why we cannot workout. We need to congratulate ourselves! We’re clever! And our excuses are probably very predictable and come up every morning. You have a choice. Do we want these excuses to have the power over the quality of your life, your health, your vitality, your well-being?
Before you talk yourself out of exercising, try changing your focus. What if you couldn’t exercise? Really imagine that. What if, for the rest of your life, you were unable to exercise or move your body freely again. Wouldn’t you be more grateful to do your exercises today? Sometimes all we have to do is change a single thought, and we are motivated again. Take a few moments and find out what that thought might be for you.
Think about how energized and alive you feel when you are moving and breathing fully. Imagine yourself young, strong, healthy, fit and grateful to be in a body that can still exercise!
Remember what it feels like to be in the middle of your workout feeling exhilarated and all your problems seem to have disappeared. How many times have you heard yourself say “I am so glad I’m here. I almost didn’t work out this morning!”
Remember those moments. Remember those feelings. Give them the power. Not the excuses…. Our job at Lifestyle Swimming Academy is to continually create challenging, fun and stimulating new workouts, so you’re never bored and you look forward to exercising.
Your job is to get out of bed and into the pool!
I am a non-swimmer. May I still come to Water Aerobic Classes?
You do not need to know how to swim to participate in Water Aerobics. Our swimming pool is a maximum of 1.4 meters deep, and so you will be able to stand at all times.
I have a medical condition / special physical considerations. May I still do Water Aerobics?
You should discuss this with your doctor before beginning exercise. With a doctor’s clearance, water aerobics is a great low-impact way of exercising for those who are pregnant, have had joint replacements, have arthritis, or many other conditions. While this is a group class, you can adjust the workout to fit your individual needs. Please speak to the instructor before class and he or she can provide suggestions and/or alternative moves to fit your needs.
How many calories are burned, during a 30 minutes workout in the water?
During a half-hour long session about 300 calories can be burned, plus additional 50 calories per each additional 5 minutes. Note that this depends on the speed of each exercise, activity, person’s age, metabolism and other characteristics.
What is the ideal temperature for activities in the water?
28 – 30°C. This temperature is more suitable for your body to avoid excessive cooling while staying in the pool for a definite length of time. Diving into the water usually provides a cooling effect to the human body and, if the motion is not too active, the body can cool down too quickly. On the other hand, doing exercise in too warm water can cause overheating and dehydration. The person will feel best in the water of 29oC, while the air temperature in the pool has to stay a few degrees higher.
Is the pool heated?
Yes. The temperature is kept at approximately 28-30°C.
How often should exercise in the water be done?
You can exercise as much as you like, but we recommend at least twice a week for maximum benefit.
Who can participate?
Classes are open to anyone ages 16 and over. You do not need to have an exercise background or be in top physical condition to keep up. Workouts are designed so that individuals can scale back the intensity or really challenge themselves depending on their individual fitness goals.
What is the cost?
Water Aerobic classes cost R50 per class, payable monthly in advance. Bookings are done through our on-line registration process. Click here to book. With a booking your weekly slot/s are confirmed.
If you wish to just turn up and take your chances that a space will be available for you, then the cost will be R60 per class.
When are classes?
Please go into our Water Aerobics section for a complete list of available classes.
Do you still have class in the rain?
As our facility is an indoor heated pool, we exercise rain or shine!
What are the class sizes?
Class sizes are currently capped at 20 participants. This enables us to provide a high quality workout with proper instructor supervision, pool space, and equipment.