benefits of working out in the water

The Benefits of Working Out in the Water

by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP1 Comment

Summer is here and warmer weather brings new opportunities for workouts, including working out in the pool. Aquatic-based workouts have many benefits and do not necessarily mean you have to swim laps. Additionally, aquatic workouts are great for people of many ages and have incredible health benefits.

Read below for five reasons why you should consider incorporating aquatic workouts into your exercise routine this summer:

1. Aquatic workouts are easy on the joints.

Aquatic workouts are low impact and require minimal weight bearing, making it easier on the joints. This is ideal for those who are overweight, injured, pregnant or have pain with traditional workout options. The water provides buoyancy to help take off some of the impact. Because it is low impact, water workouts may provide opportunities to perform movements otherwise not tolerated on land due to pain or difficulty.

2. Aquatic exercise is good for strength and endurance.

Even as the water helps by giving you buoyancy, it also provides resistance. This resistance is greater than that of traditional land exercise that only has air for resistance. The body also has to push through the water, which can help build endurance strength when performed for gradually increasing lengths of time. Remember the deeper the water, the harder the resistance (ex: walking in chest deep water is more challenging than walking in waist deep water).

3. Water workouts do not have to include swimming.

Although swimming is a great cardiovascular workout, this is only one of the options for working out in the pool. Walking in the water is a great option for those who experience joint pain when they try to walk on land. Similarly, exercises traditionally performed on land can be easier to accomplish in the water, such as squats. There are many workout classes available in water as well, including zumba, water aerobics, and water spin class on submerged bicycles. Check out your local pools for fun options in addition to swimming.

4. Water is a cooling exercise.

As the weather heats up, working out in the heat brings its own concerns. Aquatic workouts can help you feel cool while exercising. Just remember the sunscreen!

5. Water workouts are fun!

Pool workouts are not limited to any age group or skill level. Everyone in the family can enjoy a good workout in the pool.

Should unusual muscle soreness or pain occur during or after your time in the pool, make sure to schedule a free assessment at an Athletico clinic near you. Our team will check out your condition and provide recommendations for treatment options.

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About the Author:
Tara Hackney, a physical therapist in Marion, IA, enjoys working with all patient types, especially gymnasts, cheerleaders, and dancers. She is the prominent blogger for Athletico's Gymnastic/Cheer Program. With an orthopedic specialization and training in dry needling and Graston technique, Tara hopes to answer your questions about injuries and injury prevention in an easy-to-understand manner. She hopes to ease fears surrounding pain and injuries, address concerns about recovery, and provide tips to prevent injury. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, reading, and watching her nephews play sports.

1 Comment

  1. Tristan Stewart

    I completely agree that water workouts are generally much more fun than being at the gym. My wife and I need to live a more active lifestyle so that we can be healthier. We are both overweight so it would be nice if we could get the pool in our yard working again to exercise whenever we want to.

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