Getting fit with aquafit

UTM offers aquafit fitness classes located in the UTM swimming pool. Aquafit is an aerobics workout in water and is something anyone can do—even people who have never been in a pool before.

Gaby Murphy, the instructor, is a second-year student who has been teaching aquafit for two years now. She is a great trainer who gets to work with people who “have never swam in their life” and people who “are always working out upstairs, they love swimming laps, are fit and just want to try something new in water.”

An article on Health Bound claims that aquafit “can maintain and improve stamina, strength and suppleness as well as increase cardiovascular fitness.” Aquafit is also a safe workout as it is “low-impact and the cushioning effect of the water protects joints in the spine, ankle, hip and knees.”

Various articles, such as ones from Health Bound and Best Health, point out that this workout is for people of all ages and all body types. There are various forms of exercises with varying degrees of difficulty that can be performed, such as touch the back of your opposite ankle behind you or working with floating dumbbells under the water while your feet are planted on the pool’s floor. These workouts all have a different amount of pressure in them. For instance, working out with floating dumbbells under the water is a lot harder than touching the back of your ankles.

The aquafit workout is done in warm water and can be done in both shallow and deep waters, although the exercises for different levels of water will differ from one another. Health Bound highlights several of these workouts: Gentle Shallow Water Aquafit, (Gentle) Warm Water Aquafit, Arthritis Aquafit (Warm (deep) Water), Deep Water Aquafit, and Water Yoga.

Gentle shallow water is a “gentle, slower paced workout that focuses on improving range of motion, flexibility and strength.” (Gentle) warm water focuses on “improving range of motion through muscle conditioning, flexibility and strength building exercises.” Arthritis is for people diagnosed with arthritis and its focus is the same as warm water aquafit. Deep water includes cardio and the usage of belts or noodles. Water yoga takes place in shallow water and allows for “the benefits of [regular] yoga and mind-body relaxation.”

In addition to different workouts of aquafit, Health Bound provides various benefits for it. The benefits include reduction of chronic pain, blood pressure, stress (to joints), and risk of re-injury. The water during the exercise provides a support and massage for the body, decreasing tension and stress to muscles and joints.

An article on Sports Rec further explores the idea above and highlights that “90 percent of your body weight is buoyant, meaning you’re only bearing about 10 per cent of your actual body weight.” The article defines buoyant as a force that is exerted from the water and this force is exerted upward against your body. Since water is buoyant, it becomes a reason for it to cushion your body, which provides the support and massage.

The article on Sports Rec points out more benefits for aquafit: it allows “less used muscles in your body to get a workout, which helps improve overall muscle tone.” Aquafit can also help with weight loss, blood sugar levels, coordination, and endurance. Another way to measure the benefits of aquafit is to notice the fact that it can burn about 750 calories in an hour’s session.

Aquafit is a popular and beneficial aerobics workout. It even helps relieve anxiety and helps cool down the body temperature, especially in the summer. Drop by the gym anytime to gather information and definitely have a go at it.