|Pool exercise offers
refreshing workouts that help participants to maintain adequate flexibility more easily
than with land based programs. |
The water supports the
body while providing a head-to-toe workout that puts joints through their full range of
motion. Dr. Ronald W. Davidson, a New York City general practitioner, says, "Swimming
is a non weight-bearing sport. You can actually move your arms and legs without the
problem of gravity. You can move extremities, your back and so forth, even if theyre
inflamed, and not suffer the aftermath of trying to do the same thing on land"
|For variety, swimmers
can do water aerobics. |
Aerobics classes in the water instead of a gym work well. They are conducted
under the supervision of instructors at many YMCAs and health clubs and can accom.modate
people with varying degrees of fitness and will burn about as many calories per minute as
traditional aerobics. These factors can make workouts more fun and even improve swim
technique. It is not essential that your stroke be perfect, but the more technically
correct it is, the better the workout you will get.
There are aerobic benefits, which include water walking or jogging, as well as stretching
exercises to condition muscles and prevent them from cramping.
are offered at YMCAs, YWCAs, community centers, and private health clubs. Many land-based
exercises are also readily adaptable to the pool. You can try water walking or running,
either in shallow water or in deep water wearing a flotation device" (Hittner 28).
|Water walking while
swinging the arms works the heart muscle as well as muscles in the arms and legs, and can
burn as many calories per minute as swimming.|
|In the water, you can
breathe more efficiently at rest and while exercising. You will take slower, deeper
No more embarrassing
huffing or puffing that occurs when climbing stairs or hurrying to class and other
appointments! These changes in respiratory rate and depth reflect an improved endurance of
your respiratory muscles, an increased flexibility of your bronchial tubes, and an
increase in usable lung space and that helps to reduce suffering from emphysema and other
breathing disorders. So water workouts can be just as intense as those done on land can.
Unlike land, however, water is easy on the joints and the risk of injury is low.
Web Revised Friday, May 14, 1999
by Iva Haddad firstname.lastname@example.org
for CIS 212, Cuyamaca College