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Benefits

Like all cardio exercise, aerobics improves blood circulation, and boosts the immune system. It also helps the body release endorphins, the feel-good hormone. “its better than Advil” declares Malka Kornreich, “you can start a class feeling absolutely awful and finish feeling great.”
Swimming is one of the best exercises because it uses most of the muscles in your body, its very invigorating, and it’s relaxing and quiet under the water. Aqua aerobics is excellent for anyone who’s suffered an injury or has arthritis, as well as for people who are uncoordinated or overweight and find other forms of exercise difficult.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 45 minutes of aerobics five times a week, but it’s rare to find a frum woman with that kind of time in her schedule. Even once a week can lengthen your life and make a difference in your health.

Calories Burnt

You will burn 200-400 calories per class, depending on the intensity of the workout. A typical class includes a five minute warm-up, 20-30 minutes of rigorous, high-impact moves and five minutes of cool down.

Exercise Caution

Swimming is safe for pregnant women, but after birth it is best to wait a minimum of six to eight weeks before getting back into the water.

Tips and Tricks

Can’t do regular aerobics because of back pain, sciatica, or other medical conditions? Try aqua aerobics, says Malka. Water resistance provides a cushion to prevent injury and allows exercisers to accomplish more, since you’re adding strength training to the workout. At the same time, you’re lighter and more buoyant, so the moves are easier.

Swimming can get boring if you know how to do it well! Buy yourself a waterproof MP3 player and enjoy the luxury music underwater.

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