7 Reasons to Give Water Exercise a Try

Water workouts may be the secret to keeping your workouts fun and enjoyable. If you’ve tried running, lifting weights or spin classes without success, give water exercise a try. It offers more benefits than you may know.

If you’re still hesitant, these are some excellent reasons to do water workouts regularly.

1. Ease Anxiety

Being in water can have a calming effect, and research has confirmed that water exercise can ease anxiety.

In the study, researchers had two groups of participants. One group engaged in sessions of water exercise, which included walking, jogging, strength training, swimming and relaxation. The other group participated in land stretching programs. After the workouts, both groups showed decreased salivary cortisol and low anxiety levels.

2. Burn Fat and Build Muscle

You’d be wrong to assume water workouts are not as effective as land workouts. Research shows they’re just as effective at increasing muscle mass and burning fat.

The results of this study show that you’ll get the same benefits riding an exercise bike in a pool as you would get riding a regular stationary bike.

3. Ease Joint Pain

You may not be comfortable doing land workouts if you have arthritis or joint pain. The impact of land exercises can actually worsen your pain.

Water exercise reduces the pressure on your joints and allows you to improve your fitness without pain. In fact, water workouts have been shown to reduce pain in arthritis patients and people with disabilities.

If you have joint problems or you’re recovering from an injury, take advantage of water workouts.

7 Reasons to Give Water Exercise a Try

4. Improve Flexibility

Ignoring flexibility is a huge mistake. Stiff muscles and joints can lead to pain and injuries. Luckily, doing different push and pull movements in water will naturally increase your range of motion.

According to research, aqua therapy improves flexibility, muscle strength, and muscle balance It also helps lower body fat percentage.

5. Improve Heart Health

Submerging your body in water reduces your heart rate by up to 17 beats per minute. The pressure from the water allows blood to flow through your body more effectively. As a result, your heart uses less effort.

While there’s no research to confirm that water exercise is better for your heart than land workouts, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada says it’s something that should be studied.

6. Lower Blood Pressure

When your heart rate goes down, the pressure in your blood vessels reduces. Lowering your blood pressure will consequently lower the risk of a heart attack and stroke.

7. Eliminate Workout Boredom

If you’re bored with your current workout routine, mixing in some water exercise can help you stay consistent. As I explained in this article, changing your workout environment can keep you from losing interest in your workouts.

Whats your favorite water workout?

40 comments

Chad A
Chad Anderson7 days ago

Thank you.

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Carol S
Carol S15 days ago

Thanks

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Lisa M
Lisa M16 days ago

Thanks.

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Lisa M
Lisa M16 days ago

Thanks.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara16 days ago

If you might slip, use a walker to the edge of the pool and ask the lifeguard to move it to the wall until you need it.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara16 days ago

water is great if you are awaiting hip replacement or if you are overweight or have joint problems.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara16 days ago

th

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Lesa D
Lesa DiIorio17 days ago

thank you Brian...

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Peggy B
Peggy B17 days ago

TY

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Gloria picchetti
Gloria picchetti17 days ago

I worked for a man who was a body builder. He and his wife believed that swimming does not help build muscle. Nevertheless I wish I could afford to swim a couple times a week.

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