Weather too hot or cold to walk outside?
Try walking in water at the nearest indoor pool. Water aerobics is a great exercise for many people.
With all the walking I do outside I am always surprised with how tired I am after walking a few lengths of the pool. And I can definitely feel it in all of my muscles including my arms. But the best part is that I don’t feel any pain in my joints.
Swimming can bother my neck and running bothers everything. Because the water makes you buoyant, doing any exercise in water puts less stress on your joints and muscles than most other sports.
Walking in water is great for people of all ages and physical abilities though it goes without saying that you must be comfortable being in water.
If you are not a good swimmer make sure the area where you are walking is patrolled by a life guard. Many health club pools are not guarded and you swim at your own risk.
Walking in water exercises your leg and arm muscles and gives you a cardio workout. The water causes resistance so your muscles have to work hard even though you may not feel it.
You may burn up to 250 calories by walking for 30 minutes in water up to your chest.
To burn that many calories you have to move your arms around in the water. For me, this is the equivalent of using an elliptical machine for 30 minutes, but is more than I generally burn walking for 30 minutes on a treadmill. Jogging in water may increase the calories you burn to around 350 for 30 minutes. But, 30 minutes is a long time to jog in water.
Walk while moving your arms under the water so that they feel the resistance of the water. Make sure you move your arms in different ranges of motion so you exercise different muscles.
Weather permitting of course, my favorite places to walk in water is at the beach.
If you are walking along the beach try walking in water up to your ankles. The combination of resistance from both the water and the sand will give you a great workout. Walking in the ocean against the current will also give you a good lower body workout.
If you will be walking in a pool you may need to wear shoes to protect your feet. Pools are built for swimming so the bottom can be rough and your feet will feel it at the end of a workout.
If you don’t want to invest in Teva sandals then walk on the painted pool lanes which tend to be smoother.