Water-based workouts and their effects on your mental and physical health.
The use of water as a medium for exercise has been a practice that goes a long way back. However, the methods and forms of exercise have evolved. Apart from swimming, water-based activities have since then expanded to include aquatic exercises such as water aerobics, hydrotherapy, aqua jogging, and water yoga, among many others.
The choice of water-based physical activities is made mainly based on their physical benefits. These include cardiovascular and strength building advantages as water provides resistance that challenges your body and promotes better endurance. The water environment also offers the benefit of buoyancy, making exercise less stressful to your body and less straining to your joints.
The benefits of training in water extend beyond the physical. For a start, it is soothing and revitalising, a markedly different way to exercise compared to sweating it out in the gym. Exercising in water also helps calm the mind, ease anxiety, and improve your mood. Having said that, it’s not surprising that some studies even link aquatic exercise to better quality of sleep, which in itself, is vital to enhancing your mental health.
If you’re keen on improving your wellbeing, consider including water-based training in your toolkit. Go ahead and talk to our Allied Health team at Healthstin Melton about how aquatic exercise can benefit you, by calling 1300 090 931 or clicking this link.