United States Water Fitness Association
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- John Spannuth, USWFA President/CEO

Information Regarding Water Exercise

"Water exercise is sooo much fun!"


Why is exercising in the water better than exercising out of the water?

  • Buoyancy:  This water property allows people to do exercises that are difficult on land. Ninety percent (90%) of your body is buoyant when in the water up to your neck, so you are not hitting the floor as hard as you would on land. No pounding or jarring! In the water it is a very light touch!
  • Resistance:  There is a continual resistance to every move you make: The water offers 12-14 times more resistance than when you exercise on land. Resistance does not allow for sudden body movements.
  • Cooling Effects:  Water disperses heat more efficiently, so there is less chance of overheating. The water continuously cools the body. Exercise in the water is cooler and more conformable than it is on land.

Why do people exercise in the water?  Most people exercise for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Fitness:  Getting or keeping in shape. Remember, you cannot just waddle back and forth and expect great results. Improving your fitness depends on how much energy you use.
  • Therapeutic:  Helping people recover from accidents and sickness. Combating the aging process.
  • Social:  Meeting and being with other people. You can talk with others as you Water Exercise.  Workout facing your partner or side-by-side. 
  • Stress Release:  Gives you a chance to just relax and forget about work, problems, or other things.
  • People Watching:  There are often classes going on or others to watch. It’s fun to see what’s happening in the pool area.
  • Fun:  Enjoying the diversion. Water exercise in a playful way and don’t worry about  being serious. Laugh and enjoy it! Water exercise is fun!

How can water exercise help the participants?

1. Physical Benefits:

  • Improved flexibility and strength.
  • Builds up endurance.
  • Increases muscular flexibility.
  • Muscular balance.
  • Heart muscle becomes stronger.
  • Improves the physique.
  • Increases circulation.
  • Rehabilitates muscles.
  • Improved ability to control and maintain healthy weight.

2.  Social Benefits:

  • Have fun.
  • Fellowship with other people.
  • Enjoyable – even when working hard.
  • It’s a safe program.

3.  Psychological Benefits:

  • Helps develop a positive attitude (individually and as a group).
  • Contributes to a feeling of well-being.
  • Teaches patience.
  • Releases stress and tension.
  • Renews energy.

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