Although water aerobics delivers heavy-duty health and body benefits—burning calories, toning your muscles and strengthening your heart, to name just a few—you’ll feel light and stable while putting very little stress on your joints in a pool.
If you’re up for trying lap swimming (good choice—it’s both a cardiovascular and strength-building workout), but have never tried it before, jumping into the pool can seem intimidating. There’s a pool etiquette that in-the-know swimmers follow to get the most out of their time in the water.
While the couch may be calling your name when you have back pain, you may want to head to the pool: When done gently and safely, a water workout can actually help alleviate back pain and prevent it from getting worse.
When you commit to having your best swim, the last thing you want is a leg cramp or goggle trouble sidelining your efforts. Here are four obstacles that could disrupt your stroke, how to address them in the moment and prevent them from happening the next time you dive in.
While walking with friends or hopping on a cardio machine might be your routine exercise choice, there are many reasons why lap swimming has become a go-to workout for many: It engages your entire body, burns calories (around 200-300 per hour), and it can help strengthen your heart and lower stress levels.