By Alison Kennedy, FPH Wellness Director
You may have heard or read about the many benefits of exercising in water. Improved cardio endurance, weight loss and stress relief — just to name a few. But in addition to these important benefits, working out in the water is a great place to allow recovery to happen, as well.
I’ve been involved with sports a good part of my life – particularly as a runner. As with any sport, it’s important to have rest days in between rigorous cardio or strength training days because your muscles need time to recuperate and repair. Water exercise allows you to recover, while still getting in a workout. The lack of impact on the joints and muscles gives your body time to mend. Plus, rest days give the muscles, bones and connective tissue a chance to rebuild.
According to recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine, you should train each major muscle group two or three days per week and leave at least 48 hours for recovery between each training session. That means rest days are just as important as training days. So, don’t skip the rest days. Get in the water and MOVE! Your body will thank you.