More people are trying out pool walking as a way to incorporate exercise into their daily routine. Walking in a pool is easier on the joints, explains Grace Sorrentino, RN, cardiac rehab nurse with Memorial Heart and Vascular Services.
Because of the buoyancy of the water, “you’re only supporting 50 percent of your body weight, which is really important for people who have some limitations,” she says, including people with arthritis or fibromyalgia or who are overweight. “If you’re not able to use machines to exercise, you should consider water walking for your exercise,” Sorrentino says.
The Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA in Springfield has a pool with a current that’s ideal for water walkers. By walking against the current, people can burn more calories in less time.
The American Heart Association encourages people to find at least 30 minutes of physical activity into their daily routine. Water walking provides an easy way to meet your daily exercise quota.