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Term meaning in the presence of Oxygen. 1967 was it’s first known use. A system of physical conditioning involving exercises (as running, walking, swimming, or calisthenics) strenuously performed so as to cause marked temporary increase in respiration and heart rate. 
    From Merriam Webster Dictionary 

*Compare the following estimates of calorie consumption for a 30-minute workout:

          Land walking:             135 calories
          Deep water walking:  264 calories
          Jogging on land:         240 calories
          Deep water jogging:   340 calories 

When you walk or jog in the water, make sure you pump your arms the same way you would if you were on land.

Once you have developed a good technique that is comfortable for you, aim to walk or jog in the water for between 20 to 40 minutes per exercise session. Water aerobics has an added benefit: it enables you to burn up calories much more efficiently.


Exercise Option: Water Aerobics
By Bonnie Sanders Polin, PhD

Staying motivated to exercise—and staying interested in exercise—can be tough, regardless of if you have diabetes. But for those of us with diabetes, sticking with an exercise plan is especially essential. That's why I like to try different workouts, and I've discovered that water aerobics is a good workout for people with diabetes (especially those of us who are a bit older!).

Some years ago, while visiting a spa, friends asked if I'd join them in a water aerobic class. The first thing I thought was "wimp city," but they are my friends and they promised I'd like the class. It turned out to be challenging! We used weights and actually jogged and stepped in the water. We worked so hard that we were sweating in the water—a new sensation for those of us who had only done laps of the crawl in the past.

But First: What Is Aerobic Exercise?

Aerobics can be defined as any physical exercise that increases the heart rate and increases the body's intake of oxygen long enough to benefit the condition of the human body.

Performing simple activities such as walking, running, dancing, and swimming are defined as doing aerobic exercises. This type of exercise has been around for some years.

Why Do Water Aerobics?

Water aerobics allows a person to get the same benefits as regular aerobic workouts, but it has many advantages.

While no single exercise is perfect for everyone, water aerobics comes close by conforming to individual needs, restrictions, and abilities.

By adjusting the size and speed of your movements, you can change the level of exertion to suit your needs.

It allows a person to exercise every muscle and every joint in the body all at the same time.

Because it is done in water, you may perspire, but you will remain cooler because the water cools you off as you exert. This is one reason that water aerobics is popular in climates where the weather is quite warm.

Another benefit of water aerobics is that you can do it, no matter your age. The reason for this is because the water causes your body to be buoyant, thus causing less stress on your joints and muscles. Water aerobics is a non-weight bearing exercise where water, instead of your lower extremities, supports your weight.

It provides a great deal of resistance in all directions for your muscles to work against. This multi-directional resistance provides an excellent environment for rehabilitation of injured athletes and orthopedic patients.

But, more important for those of you who are overweight or who have not exercised for a while, this is an easy way to get back and stay in an exercise program. You'll find kindred spirits in any level class from beginner to supercharged aerobic wonders.Now once again, we need to share with you the necessity of seeing your physician before you begin any exercise program. You will need to know if you are safe to begin a program and how much exercise and how intense your program should be.

You will need to know if you are safe to begin a program and how much exercise and how intense your program should be.

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Swim With Gills is a traveling swim school that teaches children to swim through interactive play.  We build the trust and confidence your child needs to maximize their comfort zone. Our private instructors specialize in teaching non-swimmers through advanced levels of stroke technique and open water swimming for tri-athletes. We also offer Adaptive Aquatic classes for swimmers with developmental disabilities. Our certified lifeguards will assist you with your Pool Party needs!  Swim With Gills Aquatic Workout Classes, Water Aerobics and Water Walking burn more calories and optimize physical conditioning.