When you are chest height in the water, buoyancy reduces your weight and impact stress, making this workout great for anyone who wants to cross-training, rehab, or be careful with their joint health.
As with any form of exercise, endorphins are released, which are the feel-good hormones that help to reduce stress. The water of the body acts as a massage, making it a very relaxing place to let go of stress and anxiety!
Due to the wonderful properties of water, the pressure that the water puts against your body helps blood to flow back to the heart more easily. Comparing the same exercise on land, the heart beats 11-17 bpm lower when you perform that exercise in the water, making your heart more efficient!
While in the water, gravity cannot take hold of your movements, making it easier to work through a full range of motion and stay balanced without the fear of falling.
You get out of it what you put into it! Burn between 400-500 calories when you are working hard!
Being that water is 12x more resistant that air, your constantly pushing against that resistance, building that cardio and strength endurance to the next level. Keep pushing, people!
The water offers 12x more resistance than air, therefore making the water a great place to gain strength! To get the most out of your water workout, you'll want to add velocity (speed of the movement) and full range of motion. Many times, I'll introduce equipment to add extra resistance. What is the most impressive thing about strength training in the water? The fact that the water's force is acting on all sides of your body, making opposing muscles work simultaneously! Meaning, while you are working on your biceps, you are also working on your triceps!
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