So my new year resolution was basically to do more stuff for me, and work towards making a better, happier, healthier version of myself. I decided that I needed to start getting some form of exercise into my schedule that I enjoyed, and that wasn’t too hard on my joints since I have an old ankle injury that has turned into hip & knee pain. When my sister, who just had a baby immediately after back surgery, suggested we try Aquafit, I was all-in. I love swimming and I even had a few cute bathing suits I just got for our trip to Hawaii in December that I didn’t want to go to waste.
We’ve been going for over a month now, and I’m still loving it – and I’ve lost 6lbs in the process! I would be there today too, but 80cm of snow has fallen over the weekend here in the Fraser Valley & everything is closed (I’ll get my workout from shoveling my driveway for the 4th time in 3 days), so I thought I’d write about why it’s something you should try instead! It really is for everyone, so don’t write it off even if you are young & extremely fit!
It’s a Judgement-Free Zone.
Look, I hate gyms. I hate the feeling that all these people are judging me while I’m dying on the elliptical. That just doesn’t happen at Aquafit. I’m a 34 year old mom of two, making me one of the younger people in the class, and I think that’s awesome. No one there cares what I look like in a bathing suit, nor can anyone see if you mess up a move or are completely uncoordinated because you are basically hidden underwater.
Variety of Classes.
The place where we go offers a variety of classes, including both shallow & deep-water classes, an Aqua-Zumba combo, and depending on the instructor it sometimes turns into Aqua Tae Bo. The instructors play great music and it’s so much fun that the classes just fly by. Check out your local pool to see what classes they offer, I’ve heard of Aqua-Yoga, kick-boxing, and even some Mommy & Me classes!
Deep-Water Aquafit is the most joint-friendly of all the classes, since you rarely touch the bottom. Most people in the class wear a flotation belt to help them stay afloat, but I skip this option as I find that I am quite buoyant anyways, and it keeps my heart-rate up by forcing me to tread water for the duration of the class.
You Get What You Put Into it.
Some of the older crowd go to the class to catch up with their friends, while my calves were aching for days after trying shallow-water Aquafit for the first time. Everything can be modified, and without worrying about keeping up with the rest of the class, you can really focus on perfecting the movements. My sister and I are both great swimmers, and it’s still a challenge to do some of the movements.
Cardio + Resistance.
Water provides great resistance which makes it a great cross-training activity while limiting the stress on your joints. It can also help balance out muscles that can build unevenly due to repetitive actions since no matter which way you move, you have to move against the water. Also, not only does Aquafit benefit your heart & muscles, it’s also great for your lymphatic & circulatory systems so you’ll leave the class feeling energized & refreshed!
I plan to keep going with Aquafit , and I’m looking forward to feeling even more confident in my bathing suit by the summer!