You loved splashing around in the water as a kid. A lot may have changed over the past few decades, but at least one thing holds true: swimming is just as fun now as it was back then. While a trip to the pool may not elicit the same squeals of glee for adults as it does for kids, maybe it should. Why? Because not only is swimming fun, but it’s also an extremely effective and efficient type of exercise that helps you sculpt a better body.
Here’s a closer look at the many benefits of water workouts, along with a special class offering aimed at helping you reach your next level of fitness while streamlining your physique.
The 411 on H2O
Many people mistakenly think of water workouts as easier than exercising on land. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only does research indicate that working out in water is intense, but it also offers corresponding benefits. All of this, and it’s low impact? What’s not to love? (Already sold? Take a look at our lineup to learn more about our programs.)
Why is water exercise a smart alternative to land-based forms of exercise? It all comes down to one word: resistance. Explains Dr. Mercola: “The water acts as a form of built-in resistance, as if you’ve surrounded your body with weights, making it simple to increase the intensity of your workout and challenge muscles that are harder to engage on land.” In fact, according to Samir Becic, author of the book ReSYNC Your Life, the unpredictability of water can offer resistance of up to 42 times greater than air!
Thanks to water’s impact on gravity, it supports a wider range of motion, thereby improving potential. Says CNN of exercising in water: “You’re relieved of 90 percent of your body weight, so you become buoyant. This frees you to move in new ways. You can float, bob and relax without feeling like you’re putting out an effort. Yet water provides 12 to 14 percent more resistance than air, so moving through it is like having weights all around your body.”
You don’t have to take our word for it. A massive body of research-based evidence speaks for itself, including the following.
If you’re looking to boost your cardiovascular power, water workouts deliver. In fact, according to one study published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, water-based exercise programs offer similar benefits as land-based programs across everything from strength to “perception of well-being.”
And speaking of well-being, swimming is comparable to yoga when it comes to mood enhancement, according to research published in the journal, Perceptual and Motor Skills. Perhaps the best part of the findings is that the more you swim, the better you feel, and the more you swim. In other words, it’s a positive cycle with self-perpetuating benefits.
About Aqua Sculpt
While all forms of water exercise are beneficial, water aerobics offers a premier core workout by maximizing resistance because it is a “vertical exercise.” As one personal trainer told Medical Daily of the effect: “Consequently, it is easier to keep those nasty midlife inches from accumulating in the area where they contribute to metabolic breakdown and all its associated diseases.” Enter the Brick Bodies Aqua Sculpt class, which offers all of the low-impact, high-power benefits of water-based workouts in one convenient class.
One last thing to keep in mind is that, while many people think of water aerobics as the domain of the old and infirm, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Many elite athletes embrace water aerobics as part of cross-training programs designed to build strength, increase flexibility, and prevent injuries.
Whether you’re looking for a way to add some excitement to your workout routine, or you’re dealing with a condition which is not conducive to weight-bearing exercise, a Brick Bodies’ water-based body sculpting class may be exactly the solution you’re looking for. Sign Up for an Aquatic Session at Brick Bodies today to get started.