Underwater exercise is a gentle way to help you lose weight quickly and improve your bones and joints. In addition, water also makes the process of practice becomes a lot more interesting when you are bored of land exercises!
Being active in any form is very good for health, but water exercises will be suitable choice for those who like to exercise gently and flexibly. The body will not suffer as much as normal exercise so it will be less tired and you will also sweat less.
Here are the benefits you will get when exercising underwater.
1. Underwater exercise helps with weight loss
You can lose weight faster if you exercise underwater because strength and cardiovascular exercises will maximize the effect when there is additional resistance of water support.
Just 30–60 water exercises a day can help you burn up to 300–500 calories depending on the intensity of your exercise and weight.
A 2010 study in the Journal of Obesity found that water exercise can help you lose fat and reduce waist circumference. Not only that, your physique and quality of life will also improve.
2. Underwater exercise improves joints
Underwater exercise is gentle but also helps strengthen the joints because the buoyancy of the water will make the muscles less pressure and thereby reduce the side effects of exercise such as muscle pain or fatigue.
If you have joint problems such as arthritis, water exercise is a good option. Practice swimming because this exercise can reduce pain and arthritis as well as increase strength and muscle function in middle-aged people.
A 2013 study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine stated that water exercise is a therapy that improves joint strength and motor skills for patients with haemophilia.
3. Water exercise helps the body to be flexible
When exercising on land, body movements will be limited by gravity. Water resistance removes some of this gravity and gives you more flexibility in your movements.
Water exercise is helpful in improving the flexibility of the back and lower body. This toughness is important if you want to improve your physique and balance.
Warm water is the best option if you want to increase the flexibility of your body because warm water will help the muscles softer. Choose a pool with warm water to exercise.
In 2013, the Journal of Physical Therapy Science stated that doing aerobic exercise in water helps older people to better balance and reduce the risk of falling.