Have you ever tried aqua aerobics? They offer this form of exercise at my gym, though it’s adapted for senior citizens. My new blogger friend Kaitlin has a great passion for aqua aerobics, and let me tell you – she schooled me with this post.
She asked if she could write a guest post for my blog, to which I hurriedly agreed before she could change her mind. [My first guest post! Welcome Kaitlin!] After reading what she wrote, I think I might have to persuade my gym to tailor it for the younger crowd, to include kids as well!
Start Your Youngsters Exercising With Aqua Aerobics
When we think about working out, it’s usually for ourselves. But don’t forget to include your children in your plans, because it will start them on a healthy lifestyle. I love aqua aerobics, so I introduced my kids to this great form of exercise, so they could enjoy all the fun I have with water workouts.
The essence of water workouts. Getting in a good aqua aerobics session is pretty easy. An exercise in the water that raises your heart rate, like treading water or aqua jogging, can qualify as a water workout. There are a variety of workouts you can do in the water that are very similar to things you do in the gym, from kick boxing to weight training. In the water, a person’s body only has to support a fraction of its own weight, and that low impact aspect is one of the reasons water exercise has become so popular. Here are some resources with more great information:
Make it a game. If I tell my kids it’s time to clean their rooms, they just roll their eyes. If I were to say “hey, join me in a water workout,” I’d likely get the same response. So instead, I make it a game. One of their favorites is Spiderman, and when I say that I’m about to do it, they line up with me. We start near the side of the pool, and begin to tread water with our arms. As we do that, we begin to run up the side of the pool and back down, starting with the alternate leg each time. We all keep going until we get tired, stop, then after a rest go again. They never seem to grow tired of this one.
What’s next? After we stop Spiderman, I start doing lunges, where I step out over one leg, return to the original position, then step out over the other leg. Since the kids are shorter, they do this in shallower water. On land, lunges are a grind for me, but in the water, it’s a much more gentle experience that still works out my legs. After that, I’m surprised when the kids are still with me, but I start aqua crunches, and they go right along. I fold a towel and put it lengthwise along the side of the pool, and the kids do the same. We put our arms up on the towel, then begin to bring our legs up to our chest, and back down. The kids leave me behind on this one, as they make it a competition to see who can do the most. Do they realize at this point they’re exercising? I’m not sure, but I love it.
Hey, can I go along? The funniest part was when the kids and I were headed to the community pool to go aqua jogging. I told my husband where we were going, and he shocked me by saying “Hey, can I go along?” I promptly agreed, and we made a family adventure out of it. We went when the lap lanes are open, and just took off down a lane in a good jogging posture. Once again, the kids could go further than I can. I shared a lane with one of my boys, and the other shared a lane with Dad. The kids loved it. With him joining in, it only made water workouts more cool for the kids, so they have become very regular about exercising in the water with us.
I’m so excited to see my kids exercising in the water – they’re staying fit, having a good time, and establishing a healthy lifestyle.
Kaitlin Gardner started An Apple Per Day to explore her passion for a green living lifestyle, and healthy family living. She and her husband have just moved to rural Pennsylvania, where they enjoy exploring the countryside to discover interesting and out of the way places. She is also learning how to paint watercolors.
Thanks for being a guest on my blog, Kaitlin!