Have you ever noticed how challenging it is to walk through the shallow end of a swimming pool? Or how tired you can make yourself by simply trying to move your limbs quickly through water? Due to the constant resistance provided by the water all around you, virtually everything you do while you’re underwater can be considered a fitness activity.
It’s no wonder that competitive swimmers often have the types of physiques that most people envy – they build muscle and burn fat quickly because they’re constantly propelling themselves through water. But you don’t need to be a serious swimmer to achieve the many benefits of water exercise. For decades, fitness buffs have used aqua aerobics as a way to get an intense workout that burns calories much more efficiently than many other forms of exercise.
From water aerobic exercises to water walking exercises, working out in the pool is an excellent non-impact way to build strength, reduce body fat, and increase flexibility. That’s why 24 Hour Fitness offers aqua classes at many of our club locations that offer swimming facilities. As you participate in aqua classes, you can easily burn 200 – 300 calories* while also reducing your risk of injury compared to other forms of exercise such as running, weight lifting, or contact sports.