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How effective are aqua aerobics for losing weight?

Although aqua aerobics or water aerobics are not as effective as other high-impact aerobic exercises and activities, it is still efficient in losing weight and burning calories.

When doing aqua aerobics, the person's current body weight and the amount of time he or she spends on performing it determines the quantity of calories of fats that will be burned. 

The depth of the water also plays a role. More calories that are being burned the deeper the water is due to the fact that the person needs to apply more effort in trying to stay afloat and in moving.

How many calories can i expect to lose doing it?

One hour of water aerobics can cause a person that weighs 130 to 140 pounds to burn approximately 236 calories. A 160 pound person can expect to burn 292 calories in the same period.

The heavier a person is - the more pounds they will burn relatively speaking. Meaning that you will burn a higher percentage of your body weight the heavier you are. The more used you get to water aerobics (like any other form of exercise) the less calories you will burn during the same amount of time.

What exactly does water aerobics involve?

There are different kinds of water aerobics depending on what part of the body the person targets. Here are some examples:

  1. K-Tread (targets the arms, back, chest, abs, buttocks, and hamstrings): Go to the deep end of the water, cup your hands separately and make small circles. Lift your right leg on hip level; make sure that it's straight. While doing this, your left leg should be reaching the floor of the pool. Hold this for 5 seconds, and then switch to the other leg. Repeat this exercise 4 times for each leg.

  2. Otter Roll (targets the legs, buttocks, back, and abs): Get a beach ball and hug it to your chest. Float on your back and make sure that your legs are extended and that your feet are together. Roll to your left over the top of your ball. To do this, you must use the entire body so that you make a full rotation that will bring you back to the start of the exercise. Breathe and do it again. Do 8 repetitions. Afterwards, repeat the exercise by rolling to your right this time instead.

  3. Ball Lever (targets the shoulders, back, triceps, and abs): This exercise requires a beach ball again. The first step is to float facedown on the water while holding the ball in front of your chest with your stretched arms. Extend your legs and put your feet together. Bring the ball as fast as you can to your thighs. While doing this, your upper body will be lifted up, allowing you to breathe. When the ball reaches your thighs, bend your elbows so that you bring it back again to the front of your chest. Do the exercise again for 8 times.

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