Exercising in the water provides several benefits that exercise on land can not:
- Water limits joint impact and enhances joint stability
- Isokinetic resistance of water helps tone muscles and improve abdominal/core strength
- Excellent for aerobic and muscular conditioning after injury or before/after pregnancy
- Faster progress with less pain and increased stamina
- Hydrostatic pressure decreases edema and swelling
- Improves circulation, balance, and proprioceptive training
- Targets separate muscle groups and adds unique variety to land-based exercise regimens
- INJURY PREVENTION: Water exercise is easier on the joints than other forms of aerobic exercise; participants are less prone to injuries caused from high impact.
- INJURY RECOVERY: Because of the reduced stress on the body, physicians often prescribe moderate water exercise as the first step in recovery.
- ARTHRITIS: Warm water reduces arthritis symptoms, including increased mobility, reduced joint pain and decreased inflammation.
- FAT BURNING: It is estimated that between 400-700 calories can be burned per hour of aquatic aerobic exercise.
- STRENGTH TRAINING: Water provides 12 times the natural resistance of air, therefore you are always building muscle strength when you work out in the water.
- CROSS TRAINING: Optimizes an exercise regimen. Substituting water exercise for regular exercise can help jump start the body back on the road to peak condition.