Water Aerobics just as good as other Cardio Workouts

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(Best Syndication News) - Exercising in the water has just as much aerobic benefit as working-out on land, suggests a new study. The researchers found pedaling an exercise bike in a swimming pool had a similar aerobic effect to a typical stationary bike workout. The study was presented today at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.

The immersible ergocycle, which is a stationary exercise bike that can be put in a swimming pool, was studied. Many people might assume that moving in water is not as difficult as moving on land. The researchers compared land and water bicycling workouts for effectiveness.

Healthy participants perform exercise tests in the water and on land. The water level was up to their chest level. The intensity of the workout was increased every minute until the riders were exhausted. The researchers found that the land-workout was almost the same when they compared the maximal oxygen consumption rates.

Dr. Martin Juneau, director of prevention at the Montreal Heart Institute, said that training in water helps improve aerobic fitness and offered the same benefits to training on land.

The heart rate was slightly slower when working out in the water. Dr. Juneau explained that every time the heart beats, more blood is pumped; the extra water pressure on the lower body and legs helps pump the blood back to the heart. Blood is returned to the heart more efficiently.

Dr. Junea said that swimming might be the best exercise, but some people may not be able to swim. The bicycle workout is a great alternative because it lowers the stress on joints and reduces the injury risk.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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