What is Water Aerobics?
Water aerobics is a fun way to increase strength and improve cardiovascular fitness. It's also a very gentle form of exercise that is easy on the joints. There are several types of classes, including shallow water, deep water, and even classes that incorporate yoga, Pilates, and Zumba®.
Choosing an Instructor
When searching for classes look for a certified instructor with at least a general group fitness certification, such as ACE or AFAA. Some instructors may have also completed a specific water aerobic certification. It's also important to find an instructor who meets your individual needs.
Your First Class
Classes will vary greatly based on the type of class you are attending. For a general class, expect to use noodles, hand paddles, and a variety of resistance tools designed for use in the water. For deep water classes, you will also use a buoyancy belt to help you stay afloat during exercise. The class will start with a warm-up. Please note that it may take more time for your body to warm-up in the water. After the warm-up, the class will consist of a variety of front, back, and side to side movements, designed to use water resistance to tone and strengthen your muscles. The class will conclude with a cool down and stretch. For Zumba®, Pilates, and yoga-inspired classes, expect something similar to traditional classes.
What to Wear/Bring
Wear a comfortable one-piece bathing suit. Although there are specially designed water fitness shoes, no shoes are required for class. Be certain to bring water with you to stay hydrated. Although you may not feel as if you are sweating during class, you are losing water just as if you were working out on land and need to ensure adequate hydration before, during, and after the workout.