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The Health Benefits of Aquatic Exercise: More Than Just a Great Calorie Burning Activity in a Medical Weight Loss Program
Monday, 04 June 2012 00:00

Swimming_As_Part_of_a_Weight_Loss_and_Wellness_PlanAre you looking to shed a few pounds and get into shape for summer?

Maybe you've chosen a Medical Weight Loss Program like ours to help you acheive your goals and have started to follow a calorie specific diet. If you're now ready to put together an activiy plan consider adding Aquatic Exercise to your list.

There are lots of options for getting in shape and exercising; so why choose water? There are actually some health benefits to aquatic exercise that are particular to that form of exercise. Here is an overview of some of the benefits of aquatic exercise.

Water provides a gentle and effective support that helps with balance and joint stress. For pregnant women, water provides buoyancy and may provide relief from the stress and strain of pregnancy on the body. Falling during exercise is a whole different thing when there is water to catch you, so those with balance problems or difficulty getting coordinated with traditional workout moves may find the support of water is just the thing.

Water offers greater resistance than air. That's why it's so hard to run fast in water! Your muscles have to work harder for even simple movements. This may increase muscle strength and endurance, and helps with toning. Sources say that water exercise produces desired results faster than exercise on dry land.

Another potential benefit of water's resistance is the increase in calories burned per minute.

In the water, you can move in ways you just can't on land. With the water to hold you up, you may find that you can move your joints in a wider range of motion than in the air.

Blood Pressure
Sources say that water exercise can reduce blood pressure. This may tie in with stress reduction, which aquatic exercise is said to help. Also, water exercise is reputed to improve overall cardiovascular health, which may, by extension, improve blood pressure as well. Sources note that aquatic exercise maintains an increased heart rate, which is important for heart health; but the maintained heart rate is said to be lower than the heart rate reached when you run, for instance. .

If you are looking for a medical weight loss program in toronto and would like to schedule a FREE Body Fat Analysis at our Toronto weight loss centre, give us a call at 866-240-2281 or fill out our online weight loss consultation form.

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