If you've been thinking about getting off the couch and getting back into a regular exercise routine but aren't really up for something that'll be too taxing on your body and joints then we may have a possible solution for you. Activities such as water aerobics and swimming are not only forms of exercise that don't require an excess amount of physical exertion to complete but they're also very easy on your body and joints.
No matter where you live there has to be a venue near your home where you can swim or practice water aerobics. Many recreational community centers have their own built-in swimming pools that are open to the public. Hitting up such a venue will provide you with a forum to slowly ease your way back into the routine of regular physical exercise.
The great thing about water aerobics or swimming is you get to go at your own pace. You're not going to be challenged to swim in world record time or make acrobatic water aerobic moves that are being graded by a panel of Olympic judges. It's just you and the water and you know what your limits are once you've dipped your toes in the water. Water aerobics and swimming come with standard exercise benefits but it's the way each activity doesn't offer much chance of any muscle or joint injury that makes them even more appealing.
Less stress is placed on the joints when stretching through the lessening of gravity by flotation in water aerobics and that allows for a greater range of motion. Water aerobics is routinely done with most of the upper body and heads not underwater and that makes it a safe form of exercise for many people, including the elderly.
One other benefit of water aerobics is that since the exercises are done in water there is a lesser chance of overheating occurring and that's always something many people who exercise worry about. For those that love the water but don't consider themselves to be great swimmers water aerobics is the way to go. Just pick yourself up a pair of googles and you'll be good to go!
There are many people who once they try water aerobics would rather do something more challenging like swimming and if that's how you feel then by all means get into the groove of swimming regularly. Whether you go to a pool or a lake cottage there are very few workouts that are better for your body than swimming and if you swim regularly the results will be seen in no time.
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