Yes. Even though the water cools the body more effectively, you will lose fluids from perspiration during a vigorous aquatic program. To prevent overheating and related problems (muscle cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke) it is suggested to drink water before, during and after exercise. Keep your water bottle handy at the side of the pool and your workout can continue uninterrupted.
Unfortunately tanning has some damaging influence on your skin. Cloudy days and water submersion are not effective for preventing sun damage. Wear a waterproof sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 to 50 and apply 30 minutes before exposure, consider sun protective clothing and hats, and always wear your sunglasses.
Definitely! Water fitness programming has progressed and diversified over the past several years, which is one of the reasons, we are seeing such a big “wave” of participation. Although a significant part of the workout intensity is up to the individual (i.e. you can employ various training principles to alter the intensity), the type of program selected is also very important. Or, if you prefer the one-on-one approach, consider aquatic personal training to more specifically target your goals and needs. And don’t forget, specialized aquafitness equipment can further enhance your training results.
First of all, this is YOUR exercise class and you need to feel comfortable listening to your own body’s needs and abilities. Pace yourself and do not be afraid to do things a little differently. Also, make sure to select a class that is appropriate for your abilities. Most facilities offer a variety of programs — from special needs to advanced fitness. Choose the one that is right for you. The instructor should be able to assist you with making necessary modifications without feeling “singled out” from the group. And finally, as you continue to exercise you will see your energy, enthusiasm and abilities continue to improve!