Making waves

Making waves

Aqua fitness

Making waves

Preeti Punjabi, a professional, realised sometime back that she needed to quit her job and concentrate on reducing her weight.

She also knew that she would have to follow a strict diet and work out vigorously to reach her target. That’s when she opted for aqua aerobics and has been loving it ever since. Six months later, she is happy to see the change in herself and feels much lighter and stronger.

She says, “When I heard about aqua fitness, I just had to get myself enrolled for the classes! I work out five days a week and the change has been great — both physically and mentally.” She has recently joined a regular gym to tone her body and the results have been exceptional. “There is an estimated fitness test that every gym conducts to assess one’s body. Though I’ve been a part of other gyms earlier, I’m happy to say that the test in the new gym shows that I have improved. Between the time at my old gym and the new one, the only exercise that I’ve been doing is underwater,” she explains. Apart from the weight loss, she has seen an increase in her strength, threshold of pain and resistance level.

With an increased interest in staying fit to counter the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, aqua fitness has proved to be one of the most beneficial and therapeutic exercise regimes of all. Pooja Arora, a certified aqua fitness coach, agrees that it is a great way for one to burn calories. She says, “Working out in water is completely different from that on land. You are changing the medium of gravity where you become pain-free and feel different by the end of the workout. The workouts can vary from cross-training to running in water to strengthening your pelvic area and even dancing in the water. I have trained people from the age of 20 to 80.”

Depending on the level of workout that one requires, these trainers are willing to provide classes accordingly.  Olympic level swimmer Nisha Millet also runs a swimming academy where she’s looking forward to introducing hydro-fit. It’s a cardio workout which includes various other exercise regimes. She explains, “People are slowly realising the benefits of working out in water. Any doctor would recommend swimming to their patients as it is healthy and beneficial. One can never get hurt working out underwater. We have had people come to us after an open-heart surgery, dislocation, slipped disc and knee pain. Their pain drastically reduces after a few sessions.”

Exercising underwater also gives one the freedom they don’t get on land. “My father is in a wheelchair due to a spine problem. Even though he needs support to walk on land, he can swim and move his legs freely in water. Similarly, many opt for aqua fitness because they want to stay fit without having to gain muscle mass. As being in water automatically raises your cardio levels, it’s one of the best ways to burn calories and stay fit,” she adds.

Providing an effortless workout is also the reason Raadhika and Saket Jalan chose to go for aqua aerobics. Raadhika says, “I gained a lot of weight post pregnancy and my knee has been troubling me ever since. Doing aqua aerobics is like entering a fantasy world. I can run, jog and move as freely as I want underwater. Even though I am not an expert at swimming, I can easily exercise without a second thought.” The couple has been attending classes at least three times a week and exercising the rest of the days in the swimming pool of their apartment.

Raadhika adds, “It has helped build my stamina and confidence and made my knee stronger. I love hearing compliments from others about my weight loss as well. I would recommend aqua fitness to everyone as it is one of the most effective workouts.”

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