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How Many Calories Are Burned by Water Aerobics?

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Cat North began writing for the Web in 2007. Her work appears on various websites such as WORK.COM and Her writing expertise includes dance, fitness, health, nutrition, media, Web, education and business. She holds a Bachelor of Science in radio, television and film from the University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration in computer information systems from City University.
How Many Calories Are Burned by Water Aerobics?
Two women doing water aerobics in the pool. Photo Credit: Georgiy Pashin/iStock/Getty Images

Although strenuous exercise isn’t for everyone, it’s important to get some type of regular daily exercise. Finding a workout routine that you enjoy and that matches your lifestyle will likely keep you interested in fitness. Many people are drawn to water aerobics because they appreciate its low-impact benefits and enjoy water recreation.

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Water Aerobics

Water aerobics, also known as aqua aerobics or water exercise, is primarily a group cardio workout that usually takes place at the shallow end of a swimming pool and/or with special floats and additional buoyant equipment in deeper water. It may also include strength training and other types of exercise. Water aerobics is popular because it’s a low-impact form of aerobic exercise that is easy on the body, especially joints.

Shaping and Toning

The water resistance you experience during water aerobics adds more challenge to an already challenging full-body fitness activity. Working out in water will help you develop leaner muscles and burn more fat. Some water aerobics classes include strength training using buoyant weights, which also helps to tone and shape your body.

Calories Burned

Water aerobics doesn't burn calories as quickly as land-based aerobic workouts, but provides a suitable alternative if you contend with joint pain or just enjoy varying your workouts. Harvard Medical School's calorie-tracking website reports that a 185-pound person can expect to burn around 178 calories during a half-hour water aerobics workout.

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