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Water workouts equally beneficial as on land

Washington, October 30 (ANI): Exercising in water is just as good for health as those done on land, researchers say.

A study found that people who used an immersible ergocycle – basically an exercise bike in a pool – had just about the equivalent workout to using a typical stationary bike.

“If you can’t train on land, you can train in the water and have the same benefits in terms of improving aerobic fitness,” says Dr. Martin Juneau, director of prevention at the Montreal Heart Institute.

He says people might assume that exercising in the water can’t be as valuable as exercising on land. Because of the resistance of the water when you move, it doesn’t seem like you can work as hard. This new study indicates otherwise.

Healthy participants did exercise tests on both the land and water cycling machines (with water up to chest level). They increased their intensity minute by minute until exhaustion.

Dr. Juneau reports that the maximal oxygen consumption – which tells you whether it was a good workout – was almost the same using both types of cycles.

His study colleague Dr. Mathieu Gayda, a clinical exercise physiologist at the Montreal Heart Institute, adds: “Exercise during water immersion may be even more efficient from a cardiorespiratory standpoint.”

Another finding, says Dr. Juneau, is that the heart rate of the participants was a little lower in the water.

“You pump more blood for each beat, so don’t need as many heartbeats, because the pressure of the water on your legs and lower body makes the blood return more effectively to the heart. That’s interesting data that hasn’t been studied thoroughly before,” says Dr. Juneau.

The study was recently presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. (ANI)

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