Deep water exercise is performed in zero gravity, which means you can perform acrobatic exercises that are fun, freeing and a challenge for cardio, core and more. Simply put, you can’t do this stuff on land. If you have ever seen astronauts tumbling around in outer space, that is the effect of zero gravity. The main allure of deep-water fitness is that you can work hard without impacting your joints, all while enjoying a fitness experience unlike any other.
DEEP WATER FITNESS BENEFITS
Exercising in deep water provides unique benefits. First and foremost, the reason many people prefer to exercise in deep water is because they can exercise at high intensity without impacting their joints. Yes, even if you hate jogging on land, you can run like the wind in the pool. Deep water jogging has unique advantages as explained in this 4-minute Poolfit video. Aside from being non-impact on joints, deep water has other joint health benefits. Freed from gravity, the body is elongated and stretched, which can help alleviate pain in compromised joints. Your spine is a cartilaginous joint. When you are vertical in deep water the spine lengthens and opens up, relieving pain caused by spinal cord compression. Exercising in deep water also helps to improve core strength as the core muscles work overtime repositioning the body from vertical to horizontal. Watch Haylley talk more about Rolling in the Deep.
IS A FLOTATION BELT NEEDED FOR DEEP WATER WORKOUTS?
As Haylley mentions in the above video, a properly fitted flotation belt is essential for an effective, results-driven deep water workout. Many people think that a flotation belt is just for safety purposes in deep water. If they are a strong swimmer, they think they can go without it and that they will work even harder by doing so. In reality, they just work harder performing small sculling movements with the arms. A flotation belt frees up the arms and legs to perform large ROM movements that fuel an aerobic workout and produce better results for muscular conditioning. In the Rolling in the Deep workout, the belt is essential for performing 360-movements with proper form. The body would become a kinesthetic nightmare trying to perform the rolling movements without a belt. Watch Mark talk more about the importance of wearing a flotation belt in deep water workouts.
Poolfit extends gratitude and thanks to Haylley for sharing her deep water workout with subscribers. Coming later this summer, two more videos with Haylley will be posting, including an aquanatal program and a pain-relieving water workout that targets fascial movement. Stay tuned!
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Author: Mark Grevelding is the founder of Fitmotivation. He is also a training specialist and consultant with the Aquatic Exercise Association’s (AEA). Mark has been active in the fitness industry for 22 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, international presenter and a continuing education provider for AEA, AFAA & ACE.