Vertical Water Exercise, Swimming, Water Walking, Ai Chi, Aqua Yoga, AquaStretch™
Why Exercise in the Water ?
Water Exercise Differs from Land Exercise
- Buoyancy – The water’s buoyancy allows you to do many exercises that are
difficult on land. Exercise impact is reduced in relation to the depth of the water.
Suspended, deep-water exercise is non-impact.
- Resistance – There is continual resistance to every move you make under the
water. The water offers more resistance than when you exercise on land, even
without adding aquatic equipment.
- Heart Rate – The properties of water alter the heart rate response during
exercise; heart rates are generally lower when exercising in water than when
exercising on land. You can actually work harder, longer and increase your
- Reduces Swelling – Submersion in water helps reduce edema (swelling caused
by excess fluid trapped in the body’s tissues.) This can be especially beneficial
to pregnant women, individuals with injuries or post-surgery, and those with joint
considerations, such as arthritis.
Benefits of Water Exercise
- Improve muscle strength & endurance, flexibility, posture and balance
- Increase aerobic fitness levels
- Enhance circulation
- Reduce swelling and pain
- Improve ability to control and maintain healthy weight
- Release stress, tension and fatigue
Many of these benefits are available just from being in the water.
Diane Eyink is certified with AEA and ACE and holds a BS in education. She has
taught fitness classes for 28 years in both the public and private sectors in Missouri and
Arizona, most recently entering the field of water rehab. Her motto – “You can’t fail
unless you try!”