Workouts in Water - The Great Way to Get Flat Abs

Nov 24 09:24 2009 Daniel Vic Clay Print This Article

There is no instant way as far as exercise or aerobics go to get flat abs.

However,Guest Posting performing water aerobics may be the answer as long as you are fully aware of the way this kind of exercise works.  First of all you need to understand that the gravity rules and fluid dynamics of water aerobics are quite different to any other exercise you may have done in the past so it takes a little time and patience to correctly adjust the workouts from those you already know.

The main point to remember whilst carrying out abdominal exercises in water is the fact that the core muscles need to remain centered and stabilized. If this does not happen you will find you quickly lose your balance and it is for this reason that when you first start out using this kind of exercise, its best to do it in shallow water to ensure the workout is effective.  

When you perform abdominal exercise in water more often than not expensive equipment is necessary to get the best from the workouts and this is the method that trainers usually prefer due to the great core stability it provides.  A padded running belt fixed to the pool is an example of such equipment allowing you to swim against your strength and spot jog as well as giving water resistance. However, even though this idea is a good one, you must not become reliant on the belt as this can lead to harm being done by straining yourself to much. 

Water workouts should be rhythmic and slow so that accumulated fat in the core muscles gets burned off and the muscles are built upon.  You will experience a feeling of burn in the lower abdominal and side areas when you bend your knees and extend your arms allowing them to build resistance at the same time as swiveling your body.  This is one of the most powerful workouts to perform in water yet on land it would be considered to be little more than a gentle stretching exercise. 

When workouts in water are designed properly the water will lessen the strain and impact considerably and there is no need for a lot of money to be spent on equipment.  The good news is that you don’t have to be young to do water workouts for your abs – in fact, your age is really unimportant as there is little risk of injury.  The results you will see include weight loss and a build up of abdominal muscle.  The total time spent on a workout in water including a warming up and cooling down session should be in the region of 40 to 50 minutes.  

The main benefits of performing exercises in water is the way in which the cardio stamina is augmented as well as the fact that this kind of workout is easy on the joints and muscles allowing diverse movements to take place.  You will find flexibility and muscle tone is increased and back pain and discomfort associated with arthritis is reduced at the same time as sweltering is put off.  Recovering from soft tissue injuries and help with obesity and multiple sclerosis are some of the other extraordinary benefits of working out in water. 

The water exercises most recommended are running and kicking, first forwards and then backwards, taking straight steps or sideways ones.  Somersaulting, dance steps, elbow bending and arm movements, as well as performing leg planks with the use of a flotation device will also help you to lose those excess pounds. 

It is important that you take heed of the warnings you are given.  For example, jumping correctly and taking it slowly at first and then moving on to smaller and quicker jumps as you become more experienced.  You should also remember to breathe out as you land back down on the floor of the pool.

These water workouts really are effective so why not give them a try and see what they can do for you? 

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Daniel Vic Clay
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Dan Clay is the owner of Dangerously Fit Boot Camp. If you would like to book a free 2 week trial to his Rushcutters Bay personal trainer or Centennial Park running group class visit Sydney outdoor boot camp.

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