Body Of Water
Improve your endurance with aquarobics
NNo one wants to be a fitness snob, but on the scale of workouts that are hot right now, water aerobics doesn’t exactly feature near the top. Or even the middle or bottom, for that matter. Sure it has its time and place – mid-morning after Muvhango, before 7de Laan or at a cheesy resort in Mauritius. But you need a pensioner’s card to participate, right? Nope. Anyone can benefit from exercising in the water. In fact, if you’re looking to tone up without having to fight Baksteen for a bench in the weights area or have a recurring niggle that makes regular resistance training a challenge, this could be the silver bullet you’ve been looking for. “There’s no resistance like water resistance,” says Botle Kayamba, a group fitness instructor and Next Fitness Star 2017 finalist, who teaches water aerobics at Virgin Active. “Movement in water offers more resistance than in air, which means your muscles get better toning. And because you exercise with the water at upper-chest level, your torso and arms are being toned throughout the session.” Not only does water create resistance, it also supports your body, so you enjoy greater range of motion. Coming off a hard run or a tough weights workout? A pool sesh will help ease stiff joints and relax sore muscles, says Kayamba. That’s why elite athletes, like pro rugby players, will often swim a few laps after a match. But it’s also a workout on its own, building strength, endurance and fitness – without the impact and associated injury risk you’d find with many other exercises – and improving posture and balance, says Kayamba.