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Fitness tips from Zen Fitness and Leisure at the Athlone Springs Hotel

Benefits of water aerobics

Water aerobics is often considered a low-intensity workout programme, appropriate only for pregnant women or the elderly. However, water aerobics actually offers multiple benefits for any fitness level.

Low impact: Exercising in water makes you feel about 90 per cent lighter. When you jump or run in the water, your body does not experience the same impact as on land. This makes water aerobics an ideal activity for those with arthritis, back problems, foot or leg injuries, and knee conditions. Pregnant women and the obese also benefit from the reduced impact.

Calorie burn: Expect to burn between 400 and 500 calories per hour in a water aerobics class. The actual amount will depend on your size, the intensity of your movements, as well as water temperature and depth. In general, faster movements incorporating the upper and lower body in deep water elicit the greatest calorie burn.

Strength: When exercising in water, you work against 12 times the resistance of air. Simply kicking and cupping the water helps contribute to muscle development, which translates into a higher metabolism and healthier body. Many water aerobics classes incorporate equipment like water paddles, noodles, single buoys, and kickboards to further induce strength gains. Push-ups or triceps dips performed on the pool deck also help build strength.

Zen Leisure Water Aerobics takes place Tuesday and Thursday at 10am, Saturday at 11am, and Monday and Wednesday at 7pm. Non-members can also do the class for €8 per class.

Contact Zen Fitness and Leisure at the Athlone Springs Hotel on (090 ) 6445850 or email [email protected].

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