If you enjoy up-tempo workouts set to music but favor working out in the water because of its low impact to your joints, Aqua Zumba is an exercise that meets both your criteria. Many gyms offer Aqua Zumba classes, but if you don't live in an area in which you can find a program, grab a handful of friends, crank up some tunes and get moving -- and splashing -- in a backyard pool.
Start the Party
Zumba calls its Aqua Zumba program a "Zumba pool party," but don't expect to sit and sip margaritas during this workout. It's an up-tempo, challenging workout that burns calories quickly and strengthens virtually your entire body. This exercise is not only ideal for those who favor low-impact workouts, but also those who enjoy working out in a group. The group dynamic and the energetic music common in Aqua Zumba workouts keep you entertained as you get in shape.
Feel the (Calorie) Burn
Don't expect to burn calories at the same rate as the person next to you in your Aqua Zumba class. Everyone burns calories at a different rate due to their weight, metabolism, muscle mass and intensity level. "Shape" magazine reports that you can generally expect to burn in the neighborhood of 700 calories during a 60-minute Aqua Zumba class. This rapid calorie burn is enough to help you work toward weight loss.
Other Comparable Exercises
Aqua Zumba isn't just a way to have fun while you burn calories. It's also an effective alternative to Zumba and traditional water aerobics. HealthStatus reports a 175-pound person will burn 315 calories during 60 minutes of water aerobics and 630 calories in 60 minutes of standard Zumba. Combining these two workouts results in a quick calorie burn and a fresh way of getting in shape.
Time to Get Moving
Although you can perform a nearly endless array of exercises to lose weight, Aqua Zumba can be the answer if you enjoy the workout and practice it enough. Devoting at least 300 minutes per week to aerobic exercise can have you well on your way toward losing weight. If you find the motivation to exercise this much a challenge, recruit a friend who also enjoys energetic, water-based exercise. Working out with a partner can help you both stay on track with your goals.
About the Author
Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.