A New Year's Pool Resolution

Posted Jan 25, 2013 at 09:18 PM in Fitness

Every year thousands of people make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, but keeping those resolutions is not easy. What is important is that people recognize the need for change in their lives. It is a struggle in a society where the media displays food at every turn, reminding us how easily accessible it has become. This struggle only gets harder during the long, cold winter months. During the winter, we become less active while simultaneously increasing our food intake. We seek comfort in our favorite foods, which are usually less healthy. When the New Year comes people start thinking about what they want out of life. They want a healthy, happy life. This is why weight loss is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. What most people don’t realize is that to meet their weight loss goals they need to make a commitment to a lifestyle change and put in a lot of hard work. It is essential to have a plan when trying to lose weight. While exercise should be an integral part of your weight loss plan, it has been proven that the best results are by integrating diet changes as well. Other important things to do while trying to slim down include getting plenty of sleep, staying hydrated and keeping a positive mental attitude.

We know that exercise is a key component to weight loss, but how much is enough? A good amount to start off with is 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days a week or 20 minutes of vigorous exercise 3 days a week. Each person has their own favorite type of exercise, but here are some reasons why heading to the pool can be a great addition to your weight loss plan. There are many properties of water that make the pool ideal for exercise. The hydrostatic pressure and reduced gravity in the water decrease blood flow which along with the cooling effects of water will lower your heart rate. This allows you to work out more without pushing your body to extreme exertion levels. This may appear to make the workout less intense but because you are surrounded by natural resistance you are getting more bang for your buck. A typical motivated, hard working water aerobics class participant can burn approximately 400-500 calories in an hour long class. The water’s buoyancy allows your body to have increased agility and range of motion. Many of my water aerobics participants have remarked upon the things they can do in the water that they never could out of it. You also get a workout that can be more intense with a lower rate of injury and less stress on your joints. That means not only is the pool more comfortable, it is safer to work out in as well. And let’s not forget the most important aspect of being in the water, its fun! It is an enjoyable way to workout, because it has so much variety. With low and high impact options there is something for everyone. You determine how much work you are capable of and there is a way to make it happen. Having a weight loss plan that includes exercise that is fun and functional is a good way to stick to those hard to keep New Year’s resolutions. So resolve to get in the pool this year and try it out!

Written by our Aquatics Director Kristin Edwards, to view her profile click here.

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