Bellevue Personal Training | Benefits of Aquatic Fitness

It appears that water fitness is no longer relegated to elderly adults. People of all ages and abilities are now benefiting from aquatic workouts. Here’s the latest research:

Aquatic workouts improve the ability of older adults to perform ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living): A study involving women over 60, who worked out in shallow water exercise classes 3 days a week for 12 weeks, showed marked improvement in their ADL’s once on land.

People of all ages and abilities can improve their strength, endurance, and body composition (lean muscle mass to fat ratio) through effective training: Untrained older women, who participated in a 3 day a week resistance program for 24 weeks increased lean body mass by 3.4% and made great improvements in muscle strength. Fit men who participated in a similar program for 12 weeks showed marked improvement in muscle strength, power, and lean body mass.

Training in the water leads to less muscle soreness and damage: When high-intensity land and water-based plyo programs (HIIT) were compared, it was found that water-based programs produced less muscle soreness and inflammation.

Blood sugar levels for those with type 2 diabetes are effectively lowered by water fitness: A recent study comparing land based and water based training for type 2 diabetics showed that both groups, exercising 3 days a week for 12 weeks, experienced a significant reduction in blood glucose.

Athletes are experiencing big benefits using aquatic fitness both on and off season: Aquatic fitness reduces overuse injuries, supplements land training, adds variety, increases muscle strength and facilitates recovery.

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