What Is Water Aerobics?

October 18, 2021 by Martha Stewart Living

When you think of water aerobics, your mind likely wanders to synchronized swimming—considering the finesse required for the latter, it's easy to feel like the former isn't for you. But according to Mindbody holistic wellness specialist Dani Schenone, RYT, ACSM-CPT, water aerobics is a low-impact cardio workout for just about everyone, regardless of ability or age.

Cardio in the Water

To best understand water aerobics, Schenone likes to break it down word by word. "The term 'aerobic' in a fitness setting means the exercise promotes any type of cardiovascular, or heart, conditioning," she says, noting that, like other fitness classes, water aerobics is typically led by a trained professional. And then there's the water component, which simply means the cardio workout is done in a pool. Because of this, Schenone says that all water aerobic movements are considered to be low impact, and focus on endurance and resistance training. "Most classes are 60 minutes long," she adds.

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