After aqua jogging and walking, AQUA KICKBOXING and YOGA are the fitness buzzwords. Once used as a rehabilitative regimen for those with physical ailments, underwater exercises are now becoming popular all over the world. The buoyant effect of the water takes the pressure off the joints, alleviating pain and discomfort. The benefits include fat and inch loss, working towards getting a healthy back, building strength and stamina, flexibility in knees, neck, spine, ankles, hips, improved balance, posture and body co-ordination.
UNDERWATER CYCLING : ——- Aqua cycling or underwater spinning studios are making a huge splash in the West. The stationary bikes are placed in a pool and you have to combat the water’s resistance and pedal faster, which works your muscles. Says anchor Kamal Sidhu, “It’s a novel idea to work out and build better endurance.” Says trainer Deanne Panday, “Water cycling can actually give you a massage, as the water hits the fat deposits on the muscles in the leg and thigh. This helps move the lymphatic system and drains it, eliminating toxins faster. it’s great for obese persons who can’t run or do as much on a treadmill.”
HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING : ——– HIT has shifted from gyms to pools now. The high speed bursts of activity in water, are becoming popular as it breaks the plateau in your workout regimen. Aqua specialist Deepali Jain says, “For example, you do two minutes of high-speed running, followed by one minute of gentle treading in water, for recovery. Initially, you can’t last for more than 5mins, but you slowly build up to 20-30mins. It’s super effective as you burn over 100 calories in an hour. Though, those with higher weight and suffering from heart problems must get a certificate from a doctor before trying it.
AQUA KICKBOXING : —– This one lets you throw punches in the water. Cross punches, uppercuts and hooks in the water help strengthen the muscles and make the body agile. The gentle rhythm of the movement encourages neuro-muscular co-ordination, which prevent Alzheimer’s.
H20 YOGA : ——– This workout takes the principles of yoga, asanas, etc and adapts them to water. Practitioners maintain that the aqua environment allows you to experience waves, rolls, twists and other postures that you may not be able to achieve on land. The water allows an optimum stretch, relieving muscular tension. While runners on the ground burn 8 cals a minute, aqua runners burn 11.5.