Beating the blues with aquatic and other exercises

25 Apr, 2011

With the hot season just round the corner, one is rather tempted to go out in the open for workouts and escape the rut of indoor workouts. But this again becomes less appealing once the heat increases and humidity levels soar. So what is to be done in these circumstances? The answer of course, is try water exercises! They are a great way for outdoor exercises without getting overheated and without sweating. The best advantage of aquatic exercises is that you are not required to be an expert swimmer since aquatic exercises are not limited to swimming. There are many types of aquatic exercises which will help you keep fit without doing any physically punishing exercises. Even beginners can perform aquatic exercises.

This is a really good way to stay fit and it suits people of all ages – right from the very young to the elderly. Moreover it is quite a joy just to be in the water in the heat and if some simple exercises are going to help burn calories, improve flexibility and strength, tone-up your heart muscles and just get total over all fitness then its like having your cake and eating it too.

The types of aquatic workouts are limitless. Other advantages of aquatic workouts are:

regular exercise

Regular exercise has a positive effect on you body

  • Minimum injury risks
  • Less sweating
  • Entire body is toned up
  • Poses different challenges to the body thus increasing resistance power
  • Enjoying while exercising
  • No requirement of equipments
  • Very beneficial exercise for pregnant women
  • Those with joint problems can also workout
  • The entire family can enjoy, exercise and stay fit

Different types of aquatic exercises:

  • Swimming
  • Water squats
  • Wave jumps
  • Water walking
  • Water jogging

Other exercises which can help you stay fit:

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Running
  • Weight training
  • Mountain climbing
  • Cardio exercises

Determine the right intensity exercise for you:
Depending on you age and present fitness levels, one has to chart out an exercise program which should not be too hard on the body but at the same time will give the desired results. Beginners should take the help of their health care professional to guide them in the initial stages so that they exercise properly and not end up injuring the body and bidding goodbye to exercise.

Excuses for not exercising:

  • Tried to exercise but did not succeed
  • Cannot spare the time
  • Gym membership too expensive
  • Have put on too much weight
  • Do not have any fitness equipment
  • Do not know how to start
  • Too old for exercises
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of energy
  • Mentally not inclined to exercise

Benefits of exercising:

  • Reduced risk of many diseases
  • Lower body fat
  • Toned (if not muscular body)
  • High on confidence
  • High energy levels
  • Positive self image
  • Improved bone density
  • Improved immunity system
  • Improved sleeping
  • Reducing heart ailments
  • Instills discipline
  • Proper eating habits
  • Eating to your hearts content
  • No need to diet

Take a look at the benefits of exercise and all your excuses for not exercising will go out the window. In fact, you will start look forward to exercising!

Common Fitness Issues:

  • Expecting too much too soon
  • Unrealistic goals
  • Avoiding expert opinion
  • Too much exercising
  • Wrong breathing patterns
  • Lack of hydration
  • Improper diet
  • Passing time instead of working out

Importance of exercising for all and sundry cannot be understated. A healthy body leads to healthy and happy mind.

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  1. Ruth M. Hairston
    October 25, 2011

    I am 25 yrs of age and have put on a lot of weight. Do you think swimming will help me?

  2. Jay Green
    October 29, 2011

    Exercise with joy. Go swimming. Yeah I like that. It beats the gym, any time.

  3. Cynthia Berggren
    October 31, 2011

    Yes, you are right. I must take out time to exercise. No time is no excuse. Thanks for the tip.

  4. Donald M. Born
    November 10, 2011

    Many people have unrealistic goals in terms of the amount of weight they would like to lose. A short-term weight loss goal will only be helpful if it leads to long-term goals such as keeping the weight off. The habits that will help keep the weight off are the same ones that helped to lose the weight. The best goal in my mind is to improve health.

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