Aqua Fitness

  • Aqua Fitness, Hotel Ilios, Tigaki, Kos
Aqua Fitness, may seem to be something for older people, but that is most definitely no longer the case. It is becoming more and more popular.

Working out in the water is one of the most therapeutic activities one can take part in. Water aerobics builds cardio, strength and resistance all while being easy on the joints and in a cool and relaxing atmosphere.

The water’s buoyancy helps you to move more freely. And this helps to protect the joints. For people who suffer from joint problems, hydrotherapy (any activity in water) is the ideal form of therapy. The hydrostatic pressure works with your blood as well and enables one’s blood flow to circulate more effectively throughout the body. This effectively decreases blood pressure and, in the long run, decreases resting heart rate. This benefit means your heart is maintaining its productivity while putting less stress on your heart! 

The resistance during strength training in the water is dynamic: the more strength you use, the higher the resistance. The water creates a higher resistance than air and makes muscles work harder. Yet being in the water, the body only weighs a sixth of its mass and all movements become easier. So even though your muscles work harder you will not even notice it.

During Aqua Fitness training, the training intensity remains within the optimum range. In addition to the great workout benefits, training remains aerobic – meaning you avoid overexertion.

In addition, water removes heat so that your metabolic rate is greatly increased when training in water. You burn more calories, which the body takes from fatty tissue. Did you know that 30 minutes of aqua fitness burns approximately 600 calories, the equivalent of one and a half hours of gym outside water?

Aqua Fitness helps coordination, as habitual asymmetries are eliminated by the high level of weightlessness in the water. Clearly, there is no risk of falling in water, unlike most other sports!

We host classes in local hotels for their amazing guests (arranged by the hotel), but we also host classes in the sea for anybody that wants to join. Being in the sea makes the experience different as there is a moving current and due to the nature of Tigaki beach, the water is fairly shallow.

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