Essentials for aqua aerobics

Instructive Essentials for What to Wear to Water Aerobics

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This isn’t just about the swimwear options for what to wear to water aerobics. There are many other essentials that are helpful for any aqua aerobics class.

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What to wear to water aerobics
1-Swimwear-both summer & winter
2-Rash guards
3-Water Shoes
6-Weights and extras
7-After the class
8-Other inspirational posts about wearing swimsuits

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about what to wear to water aerobics is having to put on a swimsuit. For many women that can be the reason, they don’t want to join a class like this. Hopefully, with a little perspective and lots of introspection, we will realize that our bodies are wonderful as is.
And moving our bodies in the water is a wonderful way to exercise while being friendly to our joints.

Besides, this water aerobics activity is meant to be fun and enjoyable. I always think of it as the fact that we get to go play in the water.
But don’t be tricked into thinking it’s not exercising. You can definitely get a good workout from it.

Do you need some perspective about feeling comfortable in your swimsuit? That’s what you’ll find in the Inspirational posts section of this article.

Spoiler alert: The MOST IMPORTANT thing to wear to water aerobics is a smile and a good attitude. Having fun is the best way to get a workout. For instance, our Sun City community has the best water aerobic classes because everyone is friendly and we all laugh!!

Swimwear for Water Aerobic

The most obvious essential for what to wear to a water aerobics class is your swimsuit. Yet, in all reality, you don’t automatically need a swimsuit. You could just as easily wear a lightweight pair of shorts, a sports bra, and a t-shirt.

Yet, since most people do wear a swimsuit for these classes, I will concentrate on the instructive essentials with options. Remember, what works for one person is different for another.

Summer Options

When you think about your swimwear for water aerobics, you want a suit that is going to stay in place since you will be jumping around.
For some women that would mean racerback suits or competitive swimming suits.

Yet for most water classes, it’s only as intense as you make it to be. I’ve seen women wearing strapless suits and they stay up just fine.

Insider tip: Those ruffled skirts that provide modesty with your swimsuit? They aren’t as important as what to wear to water aerobics. The extra fabric can make it difficult to move, and once you get out of the water, the extra material just hangs straight down and molds to your legs.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear them, just remember, it may not be the easiest option for water aerobics classes.

Let’s touch on the idea of being a little more covered for sun protection in the water aerobics classes.
Here are some examples that are available:

On the left: Found on Amazon this kind of suit comes in multiple colors in sizes 4-16. Covering the chest, back and shoulders can be helpful.

On the right: Another Amazon suit with the same concept of coverage including a zipper for easy on and off. It is available in other colors and sizes Small-XXLarge

Now don’t rule out 2 piece suits. In fact, I prefer this type of swimsuit because they are more convenient for bathroom breaks.
Remember just because it’s a two-piece doesn’t mean you have to bare your belly. There are fabulous tankinis available too.

Insider tip: Don’t forget the trick of pulling your one-piece to the side instead of pulling it down for the bathroom break!

Winter Options

Depending on the season and weather when you are considering what to wear to water aerobics, you might need to consider wet suits.
The leg coverage can be beneficial if you are also concerned about sun protection because you CAN get sunburned through the water. Don’t think that just because your body is underwater, the sun can’t touch you.

On the left: Found on Amazon-This is an example of a thin wet suit for UV protection.

On the right: There are thicker wetsuits available on Amazon too that would be better to keep you warm if the water is chilly.

Rash Guards

Since sun cancer can be a huge concern, making sure your upper body is covered is a smart idea.
Again, as I reiterated above, you can get sun through the water too. But covering what is definitely in the sun is always a great idea.

Insider tip: If you are buying the rash guard for what to wear to a water aerobics class, you might consider a slightly smaller size. It may seem small when you have it on outside the water, but then there isn’t the extra material that floats when you are exercising.

On the left: Found on Amazon in multiple colors in sizes XS-XXL

On the right: Or if you prefer a rash guard that zips up, those are easy to find also on Amazon.

In the photo below, I am wearing a cropped rash guard which is ideal for short women which I purchased on Target online. (I’m in the white bucket hat in the water and that’s Lesley next to me)

Options of what to wear to water aerobics

Water Shoes

Your feet shouldn’t be forgotten when you are thinking about what to wear for water aerobics. Sure, you don’t need water shoes, but I like them because:
1-They keep the bottoms of my feet from getting scuffed up.
2-My toenail polish lasts longer.
3-The hot concrete around the pool doesn’t burn my feet.

There are basically two types of water shoes that work fabulously for any aqua aerobics class.
One is the thin-soled version which is basically to protect your feet from the concrete but doesn’t give you much cushion for jumping.
The thicker-sole water shoes can be worn for regular walking excursions since they are very similar to a sneaker-type shoe.

On the left: This is an example of the thin-sole water shoes found on Amazon. There are multiple colors and are sized for men or women.

On the right: The thick sole water shoes on Amazon look like your ordinary sneakers with adjustability for tightening them and a cushioned sole.


If your aqua aerobics class is outdoors, another essential to consider is a hat.

This is not the time to grab your large straw hat for sun coverage. Most times at a water aerobics class there will be a lot of water splashing and most straw hats do not do well getting wet.

In that regards the best types of hats are:
1-Bucket hats-Look for larger brims to keep the sun off your face and neck.
2-Baseball caps-These are great for shading your face but beware of the back of your neck.
3-Rain hats-These are ideal for water aerobic class.
4-If you live in a windy area, consider finding a hat with a cord too.

Insider tip: You can add a cord to many of your existing hats, as I did to this one.

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The other protection our head can use if you are outside is sunglasses. The water reflects the sun easily and can be damaging to our eyes. Make sure your sunglasses protect your eyes from UV radiation.


Any day should be a day that we wear sunscreen if you are following the recommendations from your dermatologist.

The important factor to consider with your sunscreen is the ingredients. Since you are slathering it on your skin which is the biggest organ of your body, it’s good to find a sunscreen that is non-toxic.

Here is a link to the ones I am using this year. Unfortunately at this exact moment, the Summer Ready product is sold out, but I’m hopeful it will be back in stock soon.

Related post: I compared many different brands on this same topic.

Weights & Extras for Aqua Aerobic Classes

There are all kinds of extras you can take to your water classes to give you more buoyancy, extra resistance, or both.
We have been to classes where they supply these extras and classes where you have to bring your own.

Having these extra items allows you to vary the intensity of your workout and make it harder if it seems too easy otherwise.

Here’s the breakdown
1-Pool Noodles are great to aid in floating for some of the leg exercises of water aerobics.
2-Floatation Devices are another way to add buoyancy without having to hold onto something.
3-Aqua Gloves give you more resistance in the water.
4-Floatation Dumbbells are another way to add resistance and give you more workouts for your arms. There are different weights available.
5-Arm or Ankle Weights are nice because you don’t have to hold onto them for the extra resistance and weight.

After the Class

Once the class is over, you have to decide if you want to just cover up and go home in a wet swimsuit, or change out of your suit.
Those decisions can factor into what you wear to and from the class.

One of my favorite things to do is to wear my rash guard over my two-piece swimsuit with a pair of shorts to the pool.
After class, I can even change out of my wet swimsuit in public. First I remove the rash guard and then throw a large cover-up dress over the two-piece suit. I pull down the swim bottoms and put on my shorts. The swim top can be shimmied out of under the cover-up dress and voila, I’m nice and dry for the trip home.

Insider tip: Take a plastic bag or clear tote with you to put the wet pieces in.

Once you get home, the best thing you can do is rinse out your suit and hang it to dry. If you do this every time you are in the pool, you don’t need to put your swimsuit in the washing machine. This allows your swimwear to last longer.

Other Inspirational Swimsuit Posts

1-A review of Target swimwear– Not all swimwear has to be expensive and I included the best quote.

2-Roita swimwear review-Older women talk about online swim choices.

3-How to love your body in swimsuit season-The simplest way to have a swimsuit body.

What to wear to water aerobics

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