Make a splash: 5 indoor aqua exercises you must try!

  • Sonashree Basu, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 19, 2015 18:31 IST

Have you given swimming a miss this summer, and are now regretting as the monsoon has set in? Put an end to your worries by enrolling yourself for these unique water-based activities. Give an interesting spin to your usual workouts, and in the process, burn those extra calories. We list some that you can perform in indoor pools.

This monsoon, head to indoor pools to participate in a range of innovative and unique aqua workouts

Aqua Pilates or Aqualates is a body-conditioning activity that strengthens the core muscles of the back and the stomach. It is done by performing a series of exercises based on small movements. You can burn around 400-500 calories in an hour.

In Aquachi, you perform the moves of Tai Chi, the Chinese martial art form, in the water. It is a relaxation technique for people undergoing stress, and improves mobility. It is performed standing in shoulder-deep water, using a combination of deep breathing and broad movements of the arms, legs, and torso.

This workout helps improve endurance, agility, coordination and balance. It is a Korean martial art form, which heavily relies on kickboxing techniques. Movements such as water-jab, punch, kick, hook, upper cut, side kick, jog and jumping jacks are used. This escalates the heart rate and burns a lot of calories.

Yoqua (yoga+aqua) is the best way to improve your strength, stability and flexibility. Performing asanas in water will help you relax when combined with the right way of breathing. Given the buoyancy of water, the chances of injuries are reduced, as compared to the impact on the joints, knees, elbows and back, when exercises are done on a mat.

Aqua Tabata

It is a High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) that is effective in burning calories in water. Tabata training was developed by Japanese coach Dr Izumi Tabata, wherein a number of exercises are performed within a duration of 20 seconds. Post which, you are allowed to take a break of 10 seconds, and then repeat the same movements in high intensity. It helps in reducing knee and back pain.

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