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Aqua fitness

Like many other fitness trends, aqua fitness was developed in the US and came to Germany at the beginning of the nineties.

Aqua fitness isn’t all about just transferring your usual exercises to water, it’s also important to use the resistance of the water. Exercises are carried out in, with and against the water.

If aqua fitness is done correctly, it can help prevent disease, support rehabilitation and is a fantastic way to keep fit. It can also support the cardiovascular system and improve the metabolism.

Aqua fitness requires a good level of physical strength to be able to push against the pressure of the water, which has a positive effect on the blood vessels and heart. It also improves the efficiency of the organs, which are important for breathing, and can reduce the heart rate by between five and ten beats per minute.

Exercising in water protects the joints from injury because our body weight is supported by the water as it has a higher density than air. At the same time, the resistance of the water improves muscle strength and endurance because it requires up to twelve times more strength to exercise in water than on land. Aqua fitness is also a good place to start exercising for those who are overweight because the water supports some of the weight, making it less exhausting

Exercising in the pool can also be more effective than other endurance training, because the body constantly tries to keep the body temperature at a certain level resulting in calorie burn.

There are not many situations when aqua training wouldn’t be advised. However, if you have suffered from a recent heart attack, a slipped disc, a neurological disease or any other medical condition, it is essential to obtain advice from your GP prior to exercising. It is also important to inform the instructor of any injuries or illnesses so that the exercises can be adjusted to suit individual requirements. 


Related topics: Cardio Training , Aqua fitness
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