If you are looking for a good all-around form of aerobic exercise, why not try water aerobics?
Running, jogging and walking underwater in a pool not only strengthens the leg and hip muscles - the quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteals -- but helps to develop cardiorespiratory fitness.
If you are a novice to this form of exercise, the key is to take it easy at the start.
When just beginning, lightly exercise in the shallow end -- walking at this stage will be enough.
As your confidence improves, move gradually to thigh-deep then chest deep water, increasing your speed as you do so. Whilst moving, aim to use the water as resistance, landing in a heel-ball-toe action and maintaining an upright stance. Pump your arms as if walking or jogging on land.
Once you have developed a good technique which is comfortable for you, aim to walk or jog underwater for between 20 to 40 minutes per exercise session.
Water aerobics has an added benefit -- it enables you to burn up calories much more efficiently.
Compare the following estimates of calorie consumption for a 30 minute workout.
- Land walking: 135 calories
- Deep water walking 264 calories
- Jogging on land 240 calories
- Deep water jogging 340 calories
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