Are you itching to get in shape, but don’t like the idea of machines or intensive workout classes? Do you have an injury or are worried about putting extra stress on your body? Why not hop in the pool and try out a water aerobics class? It’s a great way to get in shape and stay healthy.

Water aerobics makes a great total body workout. If you run on a treadmill or use a machine, you’re only working one part of your body at a time. With water aerobics, a particular exercise may be working on your arms, but you’re also using your legs, abs, and the rest of your body to keep yourself stable and push against the water.

Resistance bands and other similar products are a great way to build muscle, but they usually only work one area at a time. Water provides a naturally more resistant atmosphere all over your body so you build and tone as you get your cardio workout.

When many people think of water aerobics, they assume it’s for older people who can’t do other higher impact exercises, but it’s actually a great workout for everyone. Most gyms offer classes for all skill levels, from beginners and people with health problems such as arthritis, to those who are in peak condition. For those who are still at a high level, you can step up the challenge and try deep water classes.

One of the reasons most people choose water aerobics is because it’s low impact. That means it’s a great for those with arthritis and other joint problems, people recovering from injuries, and those who just don’t want a high impact workout. Even though it’s more gentle, it’s still a great way to get the heart rate up and work muscles.

Probably the best benefit to water aerobics classes is that you’re having fun. You can generally find a class with people your own age and skill level that you can enjoy your time with while working out at the same time. Plus, you may find many of them are great to talk to outside the gym as well.

The variety of water aerobics isn’t just for different skill levels; most places offer more than one option for the type of water aerobics at each level, so you can mix it up. This is great if you tend to get bored working on machines or even playing sports.

Many people hesitate to get into water aerobics simply because they don’t want to be seen in a swimsuit. While it may be embarrassing to begin with, it’s usually something that goes away with time simply because you’re having fun, looking better, and everyone else is in a swimsuit too. If it’s a big deal to you, don’t worry about it; you can wear something that covers more, or even go in a t-shirt. Whatever makes you feel comfortable is the best thing for you.

So why not go look up some classes and get started today? You’ll be having fun and getting fit at the same time.