Aquatic Fitness for Improving Your Cholesterol
Exercise is paramount to attaining a healthy mind and a healthy body. More specifically, cardiovascular exercise (aka aerobic exercise) is among one of the absolute best ways to help you lower your cholesterol. Aerobic exercise will not only help you to lower your cholesterol as a whole, but it will also help you to improve your triglyceride levels as well.
Sounds great right? Well, be that as it may, an internal quarrel usually musters up within ourselves after a couple months or so of consistent exercise. What could I possibly be referring to? Well, none other than the dreaded mental state of boredom. Boredom, or burn out, is one of the main reasons as to why people quit diets, quit fitness programs, and quit several other very helpful, yet monotonously repetitive actions.
To acquire adeptness at something as difficult at adhering to a fitness program, your best bet is to include variety into your regimen. This is where aquatic fitness comes in! Swimming is fantastic for the body as you’ll probably end up using muscles that you’ve never used before. This, to no surprise, will result in a sharp increase in your heart rate. Your heart rate will increase just as if you went for a jog at the park. Swimming may look easy, but it’s very demanding on the body’s cardiovascular system, which is great news for your cholesterol!
In addition to helping you keep things fresh and interesting, swimming is also very forgiving on your joints. Aquatic fitness is an excellent mode of exercise for anyone suffering from joint pain or discomfort. This is especially relevant for those of you who find it nearly impossible to walk or jog due to ankle or knee pain. Aquatic fitness is an awesome alternative for you if you happen to suffer from such ailments.
Now I’d like to show you some very common swimming strokes and aquatic fitness methods that you can practice on your own. You can rest assure that they’ll get your heart rate up in no time! If you’re an inexperienced swimmer, then you should make sure that you swim in the presence of a lifeguard to ensure your safety.
Whether you’re an experienced swimmer or you’re more of the dog paddling type, you can take comfort in knowing that you can greatly improve your cholesterol by merely swimming. Swimming for a relatively long amount of time will put a great demand on your cardiovascular system. This, in turn, will result in lower cholesterol and lower triglyceride levels.
Some popular swimming strokes are the front crawl, back stroke, breast stroke, and side stroke. You can keep things interesting by switching up strokes every lap or every two laps. Just make sure that you have the technique down pack so you can get the most out of your efforts. And just as important as that, you should make sure that your breathing is on point as well. Every stroke has an optimal way to breathe and should be practiced so that you won’t run out of breath too early.
This is a very fun and unique type of aquatic exercise! Aquatic kickboxing is usually done in classes by an instructor. It works by the participants getting in a pool, while the instructor stays above the pool and goes through a series of kickboxing movements that the pool-goers will then emulate. This includes punches, kicks, and many other more complex movements.
Often times, you’ll be encouraged to wear special pads with handles for you to hold onto which create extra drag against the water as you go through your punches and other movements. This added resistance will make the entire workout much more demanding for your cardiovascular system. Thus, helping you to improve your total cholesterol.
Here, you can expect to perform a wide array of diverse aquatic exercises. Most gyms that have indoor pools offer water aerobics classes. Upon using the water itself as resistance against your body as you go through your exercises, many aerobic classes have special “water weights” that are designed to be used in the pool.
For example, you may find a class utilizing dumbbells specifically designed to be used in the pool. Here, you can perform bicep curls, lateral raises, upright rows, and many other exercises all while in a pool. The dumbbells and other aquatic exercise equipment are used mainly to add to the resistance of each movement. Keeping the goal of lowering cholesterol in mind, you’ll want to keep an up beat pace (depending on your fitness level) so that you keep your heart rate up.
Another very demanding mode of aquatic exercise is that of treading water. This is analogous to performing a plank on the ground. When treading water, you’re using virtually all of your muscles at the same time. Treading water is merely the act of swimming in place, ideally in the deep end so that you can’t “rest” by standing at the bottom of the pool. There are many different techniques you can use to tread water. One of the most infamous is that of the dog paddle.
Depending on how fit you are, you may not be able to tread water for long. However, if you’re a pretty conditioned individual or if you just enjoy a challenge, then you should give it a shot! If you are unable to tread water for long periods of time, then you can simply practice it by doing it in the shallow end of the pool so that you can “take a slight break” by standing on the pool floor every now and then to help you recover more quickly.
All in all, trying some of these aquatic exercises will help you to improve your total cholesterol and overall heart health indefinitely. Give them a shot and see which ones you like the best!