Water aerobics may seem like something you'd do on your Caribbean vacation once a year. However, it is a highly effective form of exercise that can be better than your typical workout. Not only does it put less stress on joints and muscles, it also keeps you cool while working out, no matter how much you sweat. If you are a fan of water aerobics but can’t fit in a regular class, don’t worry -- you can get a workout with just yourself and your swim board.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart in shoulder height water. Slightly bend your knees and tighten your abs. Bend your elbows and hold a swim board with both hands in front of you.
Push the swim board out directly in front of you, straightening your arms.
Pull the swim board back toward you.
Repeat 20 times.
Push the swim board down into the water, as if cutting the water with a knife.
Pull the swim board upward back out of the water.
Repeat 20 times.
Extend your right arm straight out to your side. Place a swim board against your right arm. Hold one end with our right hand and the other end with your left hand.
Push the swim board to the center of your body.
Pull the swim board back to your right side.
Repeat 12 times. Then do the exercise again on your left side.
Place the swim board under your chest, holding onto it with your hands.
Extend your legs out so that your body is in a straight line.
Do scissor kicks with your legs for five minutes.
- Warm up by walking in the pool for five minutes
- Talk to your doctor before starting any new exercises.
- Swim in the pool alone at your own risk.
Though constantly traveling the world, Julia Williams is based in Chicago and has been writing since 2006. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting. She is also a licensed fitness instructor, specializing in Pilates since 2003 and has written hundreds of articles on exercise and health.