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Featured Activity of August: Water Aerobics

In this area, many individuals that lead a physically active lifestyle aren’t usually avid swimmers. However, you might want to consider taking a dip in the pool to do more than float. There are numerous health benefits to participating in water aerobics classes.

            Water aerobics classes are appropriate for all ages and particularly beneficial for aging individuals. This is a low-impact activity. Water is not subject to gravity so this form of exercise is ideal for individuals who suffer with arthritis and joint pain. Water pressure also helps enable blood flow and circulation. Decreasing blood pressure levels will eventually lower resting heartrate, which puts less stress on the heart.
            Water resistance also helps to increase muscle strength and endurance. Resistance in water is 12 times greater than air. Since water creates friction, the body is required to strain more through water. This resistance also helps to increase calorie burn. Water temperature, volume, and buoyancy determine calorie burn, which can be up to 400 calories in 60 minutes. Water-based activities are also great when going through rehabilitation after an injury or surgery. The antigravity nature of water allows individuals to improve mobility without applying pressure, or stress to the affected area.

            The indoor pool at the Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center is open every month of the year! Water aerobics classes and lap swimming are available most days of the week during regular hours of operation. For more information about classes, please, call 256-775-SWIM (7946). Also, be sure to visit our website, cullmanrecreation.org! 

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