water aerobics: Dharmendra’s new fitness activity has multiple health benefits

water aerobics: Dharmendra’s new fitness activity has multiple health benefits

The 85-year-old actor Dharmendra recently took to social media and shared a video of a new activity that he has recently started and has fallen in love wit it. Even at this age, the ‘Sholay’ actor has not given up on his fitness regime and continues to challenge himself with all kinds of fitness activities. His new favourite is water aerobics.

The Instagram post that he recently shared, says, “Friends, with his blessings and your good wishes I have started water aerobics. Love you for your loving response to my posts”. Fitness experts say that water aerobic has multiple fitness and it can really help you in strengthening your body. Here are few benefits of the exercise

Increase muscle strength – The flow of water, which keeps changing, actually helps in building resistance. The resistance in the pool can range from four to 42 times greater than air, ensuring the body’s muscles get a rigid workout.

It builds endurance – Water resistance is a more natural resistance which requires the body to strain through the water rather than against it.

Increases flexibility – As the body is subject to water resistance during water aerobic exercise – which requires movement in various directions while adjusting to the push and pull of water – the joints naturally increase their range of motion. A study conducted in 2013 found a significant increase in flexibility after subjecting a group of older adults to aerobic therapy exercise.

Low-impact exercise – We may not often think of it, but the traditional impact we place on our joints during a “land workout” can be taxing. In water aerobics, the buoyancy of the water helps takes off some of the impact we tend to place on our body, due to our own water weight. In layman’s terms, our body’s is not subject to gravity in the water, therefore the impact our joints take on when, say, running in water, is not equal to the impact when running on land. This is particularly appealing to those with joint conditions such as arthritis or those currently undergoing physical rehabilitation.

Alleviates pressure on the joints – Studies have shown water-based exercises such as water aerobics relieve pressure placed on joints from normal wear-and-tear and arthritis. In fact, hydrotherapy is shown to be the leading form of therapy for those suffering from joint problems.