Wading Through the New Year with Water Fitness

It’s at the top of every list of New Year’s resolutions: Exercise. Getting fit. Going to the gym.

The first weeks of January are known to see an influx in gym memberships, but those quickly fizzle out over the following months. To help you stay on track and enjoy your exercise regimen, experts suggest that variety is key. With this in mind, perhaps try one of the following water-based fitness activities in 2017.  

Swimming

When we talk about water, swimming always comes to mind. As an exercise dating back to prehistoric times, swimming provides a full-body workout through numerous stroke variations. Whether you freestyle, breast stroke or doggy paddle in a lake, ocean or swimming pool, swimming offers a plethora of opportunities to have fun while getting fit.

Rowing

 Rowing (or “crew”) is generally thought of as a competitive sport, but who said you have to be a professional athlete to hop in a kayak and paddle out on the lake? Rowing primarily works the upper body, back and shoulders, and it’s even known to improve posture. If a water source and/or kayak or canoe isn’t easily accessible, most gyms nowadays have a variety of rowing machines. Be sure to take the necessary precautions to stay safe if you hit the water!

Ice Skating

Ice is simply frozen water, and the winter months open up the option to hit many outdoor rinks remain open through mid-February. Take a lap around the rink or get some friends together for a game of pick-up hockey.

Skating will strengthen your leg muscles while improving balance and posture. Indoor ice rinks are accessible year-round, but nothing beats the open air of an outdoor rink in the winter months. Take advantage of the season before it’s too late!

Water Aerobics 

Traditionally a form of resistance training, water aerobics courses have now evolved to incorporate popular fitness trends such as Zumba, yoga and cycling in order to create an engaging group fitness setting. Water aerobics courses are timeless. We suggest stepping out of your comfort zone and trying one out in 2017.

FloatFit™

Yoga on top of water? The newest water fitness trend of 2017 is FloatFit™, a 30-minute HIIT exercise regimen involving stretches, yoga, pilates and squats. This modern fitness trend is performed on a specially designed $700 aquabase®. Unfortunately, if you’re interested in trying the hot new workout, FloatFit™ is currently only offered at TMPL Gym in New York City—the sole location in the United States. But if you happen to be in the area sometime in 2017, hop in to give it a try.


No matter which fitness routines you try in 2017, we hope you all reach your goals and fulfill every resolution you’ve made for the new year. Happy New Year from all of us at Aqua!

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Water: The Real Olympic Superstar

The Olympic Games are one of the world’s oldest traditions. For thousands of years, athletes of all shapes, sizes, nations and creeds have come together to prove their prowess. However, it wasn’t until the late 19th century that many of the water-based competitions we know and love today joined the ranks. Now, as some of the most popular sporting events to watch, it’s hard to imagine the Olympics without them.

Since we're nearing the end of the Rio 2016 Olympics, we have a lot of questions on our mind. If you’re like us and want to know how many gallons of water a regulation-size pool holds, check out the fun facts below.

 

 

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Swimming:

·      When the swimming competition was founded in 1896, the only two stroke styles were freestyle and breaststroke.

 

 

·      Regulated pools weren’t around until 1908. Up to that point, the competitions took place in open water.

 

 

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Diving:

  • Diving was introduced at the 1904 St. Louis Olympic games. Springboard and platform events were added in 1908.

 

Water polo:

  • In the early days of European Water Polo, players would ride on barrels that resembled horses, and hit the ball with mallets. America had its own version more similar to rugby.

 

  • Water polo was introduced at the Olympics in 1900. At that time, it was only a men’s competition. It took until 2000 for women to have their own division.

 

Synchronized swimming:

  • Synchronized swimming is one of the newest Olympic sports, having debuted in the 1984 Los Angeles games.

 

 

  • Synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics are the only Olympic sports with no male equivalent team.

 

 

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The pool:

  • Olympic pools hold about 660,000 gallons of water.

 

  • Each pool is required to be 50 meters long and 25 meters wide in order to meet regulations.

 

 

The athletes:

  • If you follow the Olympics at all, you’ve most likely heard of Michael Phelps. Holding 18 gold, two silver and two bronze medals, he’s not only the best swimmer in the world, but also the most decorated Olympic athlete in history.

 

  • For women’s swimming, Jenny Thompson (now retired), holds 12 medals – eight of which are gold. She currently holds more medals than any other female swimmer in history.

 

 

Now that you’re an expert on everything water in the Olympics, you’re ready to cheer on your favorite team (USA of course). Show off your newfound knowledge to your friends and prepare your victory dance for when Phelps takes all the medals. We’ll be on the edge of our seats the entire time. How about you?

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6 Ways to Hydrate Like an Olympian

Ever wonder how Olympic athletes stay hydrated? With the 2016 Summer Olympics underway, that question has been on our minds a lot. Sometimes we just want to know how many glasses of water it takes Michael Phelps to swim in peak condition. That’s why we decided to do a little digging to discover exactly how Olympic superstars like Phelps replenish their energy in order to take the home the gold.

  

1.     Sweat it off

Olympic athletes need to drink before, during and after their training sessions and competitions. Sweating is the body’s way of controlling temperature, and athletes do a lot of it over the course of a day. Constant water breaks are a surefire way to recharge your system and keep you at peak performance.

 

2.     Don’t go for the gold

What exactly does healthy, hydrated urine look like? Mostly clear! The more water you drink, the more diluted your pee urine becomes. If your urine is darker in color and has a strong odor, then you’re definitely dehydrated. No worries, though: All you need to do to fix the problem is have a couple more glasses of water a day.

 

3.     Burn, baby, burn

Consuming thousands of calories a day is a necessity for Olympians. They burn off most of what they eat while competing and then need to replenish themselves in order to keep up muscle mass. Drinking more water not only helps athletes stay refreshed, but it also improves digestion and reduces stomach pains. (That must be a nice bonus after eating all that food.)

 

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4.     Glass half full

Athletes may give it 110 percent when racing, swimming or pole vaulting, but their bodies are only made up of about half that percentage in water. If an Olympian loses more than two percent of their weight in water, they will begin to lose their mental edge. Staying hydrated both prevents fatigue and keeps the mind and reflexes sharp for optimal Olympic performance.

 

5.     Drink more than you think

One of the biggest misconceptions about hydration is that you only need to drink water when you physically feel thirsty. In reality it’s already too late. By drinking water (or other beverages with high water content) every so often you can prevent dehydration from sneaking up on you. This is especially important if you’re out in the sun for prolonged periods of time. Pro tip: By carrying a reusable water bottle with you at all times, you’ll be more likely to take sips throughout the day.

 

6.     Be a good sport

We know we talk a lot about water, but hey, that’s what we do best. However, one of the best ways to make sure you stay as healthy as possible is to consume sports drinks in addition to your regular water intake. Sports drinks contain electrolytes that help to replace the sodium athletes lose when they sweat.

 

We all need to stay hydrated, but athletes need to work on it a little bit more than the rest of us. To keep yourself hydrated, check out these hacks. If you take these hydration tips to heart, who knows — maybe you’ll be up on a podium wearing the gold one day!

 

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Stay Hydrated During Sport Season

 

 

Summer has come to an end and school is back in session. For all sport parents and players, this means practices have begun. With practice and games comes proper steps to staying safe. Helmets and pads? Check. Cleats? Check. Water? Water is an absolute must — and just as important as those shin guards.

 

At Aqua, we want everyone to know that hydration plays an important role for any type of fitness. Without proper hydration, you’re not able to perform at your peak, and if your kids play a sport, they can’t perform at their peak, either. So, we enlisted our friend Jesse Frank, Fitness Director and Vice President at UNITE Fitness, for some advice and we’re getting SOAKED in the idea of hydration. Check out these reasons why you should fill up your water bottle before heading to the soccer field, football field or gym:

 

1. 75 percent of your muscle is made of water, so drinking water before a workout will keep muscles from cramping. “Muscle cramping happens if there is a loss of electrolytes, so if you’re not properly hydrated before a workout, you run the risk of painful cramping. You should be highly hydrated before every workout,” says Frank.Ultimately, a hydrated body allows your performance to be better, faster and stronger. Especially when working out in mid-August through early September, when it can still be hot and humid in some parts of the U.S.

 

2. Did you know: although sports drinks are advertised as the best way to quench you or your child's thirst, water is still better to drink. Sports drinks contain about 10 teaspoons of sugar, causing blood sugar to drop and your body to crash. “Sports drinks have their place: when you’re competing at a high-level and in high heat,” Frank says. “Examples include marathons and half-marathons. Otherwise, water is the way to go.”

 

3. We talked about the importance of being hydrated before a workout (see #1), and now we’re going to talk about why it’s important to drink water during and after, too. In short, it helps your body in the recovery process. Water during a workout keeps your energy flow going. After is important because the water flushes out toxins so your muscles won’t go stiff and your organs can function properly.

 

4.  How much water is needed to be hydrated properly? Well, it depends on who you are. “You should take half of your body weight in ounces,” Frank recommends. “If you weigh 200 pounds, you should be drinking 100 ounces. And that’s generally without a lot of activity.” So what if you do a lot of activity?Frank says, “If you workout and you sweat a lot, replenishing your water weight is very, very important.” Remember: water before, during and after make for an energized, cramp-free athlete!

 

5.   Hungry, weak, fatigued: those do not sound like a way that anyone wants to feel. But, it’s how you can feel if you’re dehydrated, and your urine could be a clue as to whether or not you’re at that point. “Your urine should be clear or pale yellow. Dark yellow is a sign of dehydration,” Frank says. “Hunger, weakness, fatigue, loss of concentration — these are all signs of being dehydrated,” he explains.   

 

Now that everyone is up to date with their water facts, remember that school sports and working out  are about being healthy, having fun and staying safely hydrated. Frank and the Aqua team understand that water isn’t everyone’s favorite drink. “If it’s the taste of water that keeps you from being hydrated, you can always jazz up your water,” Frank says. Here’s an Aqua post with some ideas for doing just that: 5 Hacks That Make Drinking Water More Simple.

 

 

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