Fitness Minutes: (2,992)
33 5/10/13 8:34 A
In water running you often use a special floating belt that helps you keep upright position, and you basically start running like you would on the land. I have tried it and it IS a very good exercising. Most people I see water running are not putting enough effort in it and are doing it too leasurely: if you really push yourself you can get your heart pumping and so on.
Water aerobics I have personally never tried (other than some moves occasionally) but I sometimes go to swimming while there is a water aerobics class and they do seem to have a pretty good workouts too. I *guess* though that water running would be more effective calorie burner?
i do both and just count it as water aerobics. I do work harder with the jogging. our instructor would have us jog across the pool several times for warm up. The aerobics was more in one place and just moving the water around so I can see where SP may come up with different calorie burns.
Fitness Minutes: (121,965)
14,266 5/9/13 6:10 A
I read that when you exercise in water, as opposed to in the air on land, it takes twelve times the effort to move the water. The article said, that doesn't mean you figure out the calories burned during water exercise by multiplying land exercise by 12." The article was explaining why exercising in water burns more calories than the same movement on land.
If you are trying to find a comparison for your fitness tracker, I would focus on the "in the water" part, and find an similar exertion to what you are doing; and don't use the figures for the same exercise on land.
Being disabled with a spinal injury, being in the pool is the best way for me to achieve true cardio intensity. On land, the exertion becomes mixed up with pain and muscle spasms, and limited by my physicality.
I figured out the calories burned, to my best estimate, with each of the exercises I do in the pool - such as Doggy Paddle, Treading Water, Power Walking and Aerobics - and manually entered and saved them to my Favorites. That makes it very easy for me to post on my Fitness Tracker; plus, I can adjust the calories burned, up or down, if needed.
Also, I suggest, it's more important to get the minutes correct, and not to worry too much about the exact calories burned. While "Calories In, Calories Out" is the formula for weight loss/gain, we can't rely on just doing the math. Our bodies are affected by many other factors, on a daily and even hourly basis, which affect what the scale will say.
I LOVE the water... I can stand, and walk and run, and DANCE again! So above all, HAVE FUN & ENJOY IT!!!
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