The Health Benefits of Water Exercise

Shasta Pools | 09/21/14

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It’s no secret that pool exercises are one of the most popular forms of exercise available today. Swimming is reportedly the fourth most popular sporting activity in the United States, with other swimming exercises such as water aerobics growing in demand across this nation.  There are a number of benefits to water aerobics and swimming activities:

  • Partaking in water based activities can greatly reduce the risk of chronic illness
  • Pool exercises improves mental health
  • Exercising in water can expedite healing and reduces recovery time

How are pool exercises able to do this?

Natural Aquatic Support

Did you know that water can support 90% of an individual’s body weight, almost completely eliminating the effects of gravity?  Think of the water as acting as a cushion for your weight-bearing joints.  Thanks to this natural buoyancy of water, individuals can enjoy a low impact workout while also being able to achieve greater flexibility than on land.

Customized Resistance

Pool exercises provide natural and completely customized resistance.  The resistance water provides is proportional to the amount of effort or speed of movement that’s exerted against it, ranging anywhere from 4 to 42x greater than that of air.  The other benefit: water resistance provides resistance to movement in every direction so individuals are able to effortlessly enjoy a full body workout.

Reduced Heart Rate

Thanks to water’s hydrostatic pressure, your body is able to better circulate blood when you partake in swimming exercises than when you engage in land exercises.  This also means that you can get in the same great workout while having a heart rate that can be up to 17 beats per minute lower.

Calorie Crunching Workout

Everyone of any fitness level can enjoy the calorie burning workout that pool exercises offer.  How many calories you burn while swimming or enjoying water aerobics will differ though. Anywhere from 400 to close to 1000 calories can be burned during a one hour swim session!


Shasta Pools is a Phoenix pool builder who provides a variety of services including swimming pool remodeling, commercial pool building, and pool service and repair. Since its establishment in 1967, Shasta has helped over 80,000 families realize their dream of pool ownership. By providing exceptional value, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service, the Shasta team continues to fulfill the corporate mission of astonishing and delighting their customers and exceeding expectations. You can learn more about Shasta Pools & Spas by visiting them online, or by connecting with them on Facebook or Twitter.


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