Aqua fitness -- which includes such diverse activities as swimming, aqua aerobics, deep water running and hydrostatic stretching -- is an increasingly popular way of keeping fit. It is suited to people of all ages and all fitness levels, including those who have impaired movement or are undergoing rehabilitation. It has tremendous advantages over exercising on land: it's low impact, reducing the risk of injury; water has a cooling effect, so the body is less likely to overheat; and it's so much fun, it's hard to believe you are working out!
Aqua Fitness is a book for everyone -- from professional fitness instructors wishing to learn how to instruct their clients to people who want to know how to use their backyard or local swimming pool to keep fit. It is filled with information on:
aqua fitness facilities and equipment specific exercises with accompanying diagrams how to program an exercise session safety and first aid considerations legal issues for instructors who wish to offer aqua fitness classes
as well details on the pool itself, such as ideal depth and water temperature. A useful list of contacts has also been included at the back of the book. [via]