Friday, September 4, 2009
BOUNCING IN THE H2O
Having sustained a fall in 2008 that aggravated an already unstable back, I began to look for alternatives other than what the doctors were telling me that I needed a 3 level back fusion. It was recommended that I give water aerobics a try, so I enrolled in a class at the therapeutic recreational center in June. For eight weeks, three times a week, I participated in a level two class. Never would I have thought that this activity would make a difference but now that we are on a three week break I know it really did.
Generally the classes run anywhere from 40 to 50 minutes. Water aerobics augments cardiovascular conditioning. The water resistance increases ones strength and flexibility, leading to muscular endurance and improved balance. The buoyancy of the water makes it less likely to sustain injury or put a strain on the joints, back or torso. 80% of the body's weight is supported by the water. Water aerobics also burns calories even more effectively than land exercises.
So even though the warm days of summer have almost come to an end and the chill of fall will soon be in the air...I look forward to jumping back in to the warm water of the pool. Maybe Santa will bring me an automatic car starter so I can jump into a warm car after class:-)
Let me hear if you have ever taken water aerobics and the benefits you found from it.