A Low-Impact Way to Tone Up, Boost Metabolism, and Strengthen the Core
By Dr. Nina C. Franklin on June 28, 2013
If you are overweight, have joint problems, or are just bored with your current workout routine, water resistance exercise may work for you. This type of exercise allows you to work out easily without the discomfort and strain on your muscles and joints that often accompanies traditional land-based exercise. Water resistance exercise is also great for boosting your metabolism for maximum energy and weight loss.
How It Works
- The natural buoyancy offered by water reduces the effects of gravity and decreases the joint compression associated with land-based exercise. In general, when water-based exercise is performed it creates drag (or resistance) in the water. Adding specialized water resistance exercise equipment greatly maximizes this drag without undue stress on your muscles and joints. Even better, a full-body water resistance exercise program can be executed continuously, without extended rest periods, as you can move from one exercise to the next without having to change equipment. Such continuous exercise performed for 20-60 minutes can lead to significant weight loss, successful weight maintenance, and improved cardiovascular fitness.
What You Need
- Although there are various types of water resistance exercise equipment on the market (hand buoys, water dumbbells, noodles, and balls), advanced and innovative tools known as Hydro-Tone bells and boots are becoming increasingly popular. These tools can transform something as simple and easy as walking in shallow water into an intense workout. Hydro-Tone bells are handheld weights that are designed for upper-body exercises while the boots (worn around the lower legs and feet) are designed for lower-body exercises.
What Does a Typical Program Entail
Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.
Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you. If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise. However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.