Body Of Wa­ter

Im­prove your en­durance with aquaro­bics

Women's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - BY WANITA NI­COL | PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY PAUL SA­MUELS

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.

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