The Aqua Park is a series of obstacles on water, including balancing, climbing, jumping, running and swimming. The activity can provide the health benefits of a vigorous workout as well as the fun and thrill of completing an obstacle course.
Running and bouncing about with friends is a great way to burn off all that energy!
It’s important that children partake in aerobic exercise for at least 1 hour a day of activities that will strengthen their muscles and bones and by taking part in activities that is fun and enjoyable they are more likely to take part again.
Benefits of exercise
There are many benefits of why children should exercise daily, your child won’t just notice the benefits and changes but you will too. Benefits for children exercising:
• Help strengthen their bones and muscles
• Increases children’s self-confidence and belief
• Teaches them the importance of exercise
• Helps keep their mental state of mind healthy
• Your child will be less likely to become overweight
• Exercise will reduce the risk of your child developing type 2 diabetes
• Children will have better outlook on life
• Making new friends
• Leadership skills
• Positive behaviour
• Trying out new activities
• Learning new skills
• Positive attitude
The Aqua Park is a good all-round activity for any age because it:
• Keeps your heart rate up
• Builds endurance, muscle strength, cardiovascular and physical fitness
• Improves coordination, agility and balance
• Provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during the activity
• The Aqua Park activity is fun and can aid to alleviate stress
• A great way to cool down on a hot day
Upper Body Strength
Holding yourself up requires a great deal of upper body strength, and when climbing and pulling yourself up onto the obstacles you will have to use these muscles in various ways. Muscles in your arms, forearms and hands are constantly engaged while navigating the obstacles. The main muscles targeted while climbing obstacles are the brachialis and the biceps brachia which are located on the upper part of your arms.
A strong upper body can create good posture, boost your metabolism and improve bone strength.
While clambering over various obstacles and conquering different routes, your heart rate will increase. The cardiovascular system will have to work harder to provide your body with the oxygen it needs. Cardiovascular fitness focuses on increasing the ability of your heart, lungs, blood and muscles to take in and transport oxygen while you are partaking in the activity.
The improvement of cardiovascular fitness is linked to a reduced risk of developing coronary heart disease, lower risk of diabetes, stronger immune system, reduced blood pressure, lower fat mass and a lower resting heart rate.
Create Balance and Flexibility
The runways and obstacles of the course are inflatable and float on the water surface forming an unstable platform. When clambering across the obstacles you will need strong balance and flexibility to make it over them which utilises all muscles in the body. Your core is where the centre of balance is controlled. The muscles that give you balance are found in your back, abdominals and spine.
Working these muscles in your core improve flexibility, muscle stability and can also prevent muscle injury.
Most people focus on the physical benefits of mastering an obstacle course, but it can also benefit our mind. Whether it is braving your fears of the open water or achieving the obstacle course, once conquered you will have greatly heightened your self-esteem.
Stepping out of your comfort zone is always difficult, but by doing this you are teaching yourself to handle tough situations and building a stronger mind-set.