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How Many Calories Does Walking in Water Burn?

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Barrett Barlowe is an award-winning writer and artist specializing in fitness, health, real estate, fine arts, and home and gardening. She is a former professional cook as well as a digital and traditional artist with many major film credits. Barlowe holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and French and a Master of Fine Arts in film animation.
How Many Calories Does Walking in Water Burn?
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Walking in water can be effective exercise for people of different ages and fitness levels. You start walking in waist-deep water and then move deeper in the water to increase the difficulty of your workout. Wear a flotation belt to keep balanced and upright when you water-walk in depths over your head.

Benefits

Water-walking or jogging provides you with maximum aerobic benefits without the wear and tear of high-impact exercise such as running. People with joint pain, limited mobility and those recovering from injury benefit from water exercise.

Calories Burned

Water-walking or jogging burns 563 calories per hour if you weigh 155 pounds, and 654 calories an hour if you weigh 180 pounds. Water-running burns 11.5 calories per minute in comparison with running on land, which burns about 8 calories per minute, according to The Sunday Times.

Water vs. Land

You work harder against the resistance of water to move forward than you do on land, says Dr. Robert Wilder, physiologist and the director of sports rehabilitation at the University of Virginia, because water is 800 times denser than air. You build muscle and improve cardiovascular health water-walking, but combine it with weight-bearing exercise to build strength and maintain bone density.

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