Water Exercise Burns The Most Calories, Treats Chronic Diseases
With summer quickly approaching, many people are looking for a quick fix to shedding the pounds.
According to recent research at the University of Akron, water aerobics, dubbed waterobics, is a hot new way to stay fit. It's an easy, creative way to get your body in motion without having to sweat a single drop. Research shows that for people who weight between 100 an 200 pounds, they can burn an average of 250 to 520 calories in a half-hour of swimming.
Here's a comparison of how many calories you burn while working out:
Bicycling (10 miles per hour) - 270 calories
Dancing - 160 to 260 calories
Golf - 230 calories
Hiking - 360 calories
Jogging - 420 calories
Walking (3.5 miles per hour) - 240 calories
Weight training - 190 calories
Swimming - 500 to 1,040 calories
- Data from The Live Strong Organization. It's based on a 100-pound person working out for an hour.
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HELPS TREAT CHRONIC DISEASES
Water-based exercise can help people with chronic diseases, including arthritis and osteoarthritis, as it helps improve use of joints without worsening symptoms. Doctors also recommend hydrotherapy as it maintains bone health of post-menopausal women. The same can be said for mental health. The CDC says that, "for people with fibromyalgia, it can decrease anxiety and exercise therapy in warm water can decrease depression and improve mood."
"Water-based exercise can improve the health of mothers and their unborn children and has a positive effect on the mothers' mental health," the CDC continues. "Parents of children with developmental disabilities find that recreational activities, such as swimming, improve family connections."
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