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# Does anyone know how many calories are burned....

walking in the water.  I have a 4 ft. deep pool, and I was wondering about how many calories I burn walking in it for about an hour.  I am 150 #s.  My husband had found something on the internet saying it burns more than just walking alone because of the resistance of the water, and I was wondering if this is true.  CC doesn't have a category for this, so I have no idea how to count it.  I would appreciate also if you can tell me where you get your information.

Thanks so much!

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i wish i knew sry ,i know that a hour of swimming burns less calories then a hour of land arobics but its more low impact

Hey, I never thought of walking in water! And I have an in-ground pool!

Here's what I found: You may burn up to 250 calories by walking for 30 minutes in water up to your chest. To burn that many calories you have to move your arms around in the water. (from www.discoverwalking.com/blog/burn-calories-walk-in-water.php)

Another site says: (http://www.diabetic-lifestyle.com/articles/ju n01_burni_1.htm)

• Land walking: 135 calories
• Deep water walking; 264 calories
• Jogging on land: 240 calories
• Deep water jogging: 340 calories

Neither site is really reputable or anything, so these numbers may not be right...They also don't make any mention of weight. But try googling it yourself, you may find some more info.

Good luck, and thanks for the great idea

You will burn about 300-400 calories in an hour of water walking -- more if you are jogging (which, by the way, is in the database???)  The difference between the two will be the speed and your heart rate.

btw -- nakedsoul.  1 hour swimming vigourously = 758 cals burned

1 hour swimming slow/mod =  551 cals burned

1 hour aerobics high impact  = 482 cals burned

1 hour water aerobics = 275 cals burned

1 hour water jogging = 551 cals burned

These burn rates are for my height/weight/age/gender -- but the point is pretty clear -- swimming burns more cals than land aerobic

Yes, jogging is in the database, but WALKING IN WATER isn't.

I'm not talking deep water jogging/walking.  That is where you jog in water you are treading.  I'm talking 4 feet of water which basically comes up to my chest.

I've noticed I don't get winded while doing this like I do walking on land, so it is hard for me to imagine I am burning more calories.

Nakedsoul,

You are grossly misinformed.  Swimming burns a lot more calories than walking.  Now I do get winded when I try to swim, I just can't do it.  I get about halfway around a 24 foot pool and I start sinking!! lol

Original Post by katepoo:

Hey, I never thought of walking in water! And I have an in-ground pool!

Here's what I found: You may burn up to 250 calories by walking for 30 minutes in water up to your chest. To burn that many calories you have to move your arms around in the water. (from www.discoverwalking.com/blog/burn-calories-walk-in-water.php)

Another site says: (http://www.diabetic-lifestyle.com/articles/ju n01_burni_1.htm)

• Land walking: 135 calories
• Deep water walking; 264 calories
• Jogging on land: 240 calories
• Deep water jogging: 340 calories

Neither site is really reputable or anything, so these numbers may not be right...They also don't make any mention of weight. But try googling it yourself, you may find some more info.

Good luck, and thanks for the great idea

Thank you for this information.  I am going to go look at them.  I am wondering if they take into consideration your weight.

Original Post by love-bears-all:

Yes, jogging is in the database, but WALKING IN WATER isn't.

I'm not talking deep water jogging/walking. That is where you jog in water you are treading. I'm talking 4 feet of water which basically comes up to my chest.

I've noticed I don't get winded while doing this like I do walking on land, so it is hard for me to imagine I am burning more calories.

Nakedsoul,

You are grossly misinformed. Swimming burns a lot more calories than walking. Now I do get winded when I try to swim, I just can't do it. I get about halfway around a 24 foot pool and I start sinking!! lol

You are correct -- walking in water is not in the database, never implied that it was, nor did I suggest that was what you were doing, sorry if you understood me to mean that.

If you truly want to know how many calories you are burning, try a heart rate monitor, that will be the only valid method of measurement.  Otherwise you have to go on WAGs (wild-ass guesses).  As I said, number of calories burned will come down to your speed and heart rate.  The faster you go and the higher you maintain your heart rate, the more calories you will burn.

Next time you go for a walk (on land) take your heart rate a few times during the walk and immediately after you finish.

Next time you go for a walk (in water), take your heart rate few times during the walk and immediately after you finish.

compare the two.

Original Post by coach_k:

Original Post by love-bears-all:

Yes, jogging is in the database, but WALKING IN WATER isn't.

I'm not talking deep water jogging/walking. That is where you jog in water you are treading. I'm talking 4 feet of water which basically comes up to my chest.

I've noticed I don't get winded while doing this like I do walking on land, so it is hard for me to imagine I am burning more calories.

Nakedsoul,

You are grossly misinformed. Swimming burns a lot more calories than walking. Now I do get winded when I try to swim, I just can't do it. I get about halfway around a 24 foot pool and I start sinking!! lol

You are correct -- walking in water is not in the database, never implied that it was, nor did I suggest that was what you were doing, sorry if you understood me to mean that.

If you truly want to know how many calories you are burning, try a heart rate monitor, that will be the only valid method of measurement. Otherwise you have to go on WAGs (wild-ass guesses). As I said, number of calories burned will come down to your speed and heart rate. The faster you go and the higher you maintain your heart rate, the more calories you will burn.

Next time you go for a walk (on land) take your heart rate a few times during the walk and immediately after you finish.

Next time you go for a walk (in water), take your heart rate few times during the walk and immediately after you finish.

compare the two.

Thank you for this information.  I truly don't check my heart rate any time, but I'm going to venture to guess is isn't as strong during the water workout.  It is said, however, to be better on the joints.

I can say after the first walk, I couldn't move the next day.  This in and of itself told me it worked my muscles a great deal.  I certainly don't have that problem after a regular walk.

You talk of moving faster, but I'm not sure how to make that happen.  I did try and to keep the heal, ball, toe, motion control, I can only move so fast.

Your (which, by the way, is in the database???) comment made me think you were telling me it was in there-now I see maybe you were questioning the fact that jogging was there, but walking was not.  Sorry for the misunderstanding. :)

Get a watch with a second hand and check your pulse rate.  That's all the HRM's do.

How about cleaning your pool? It took me an hour to vacuum my pool today and scrub the sides. That's walking in the water with a heavy pole and attachment at the bottom of the pole, plus scrubbing the floor and and sides of the pool at the same time. Has to be worth something.

i dont know if its true or not but i was always told that treading water for 10 minutes is the equivilant of walking for 20 minutes.  provided the water is deep enough.  it doesnt sound like 4 feet is enough to do the trick
Original Post by love-bears-all:

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Nakedsoul,

You are grossly misinformed.  Swimming burns a lot more calories than walking.  Now I do get winded when I try to swim, I just can't do it.  I get about halfway around a 24 foot pool and I start sinking!! lol

Actually I completely agree with Nakedsoul. I have a Polar F-6 HRM that I wear during all of my workouts including swimming. I keep track of the numbers very closely.  For me and according to my HRM walking for 1 hour burns much more than swimming. Here are some of the stats I recently recorded from my heart rate monitor = (You might burn more or less depending on age and weight. )

Lake open water lap swimming for 60 minutes = 290 calories burned

Lap swimming in a pool for 45 minutes = 214 calories burned

Swim 52 laps in a pool (44 reg, 8 kickboard) 58 min = 340 calories burned

Walking 60 minutes = 400 calories burned.

*Those numbers are with swimming hard core laps or distance. Walking in water would be less.  I was shocked and disappointed to find that swimming burns so few calories but it does....  Hope that helps.

30 mins in the water is equal to 2 hrs on land. You burn more calories in water then on land. You are working your entire body with cardio and resistance training. It's a total body workout you cannot get on land.

I just want to point out that even if you or someone else come up with a definitive number, I would guess that it only applies to you as long as your body composition doesn't change much.  The bigger you are, the more surface area you have and thus there would be more resistance from the water, so that could change things.  The more muscle you build and fat you lose, the less buoyant you'll be.

But I say if you enjoy it, go for it, whether or not you know exactly how many calories you're burning, and see what results you get.

I agree with momotan I vacummed our pool also 24 foot round pool above ground. I did everything you did and then I ran around the pool in four ft of water 34 times also moving my arms. My husband said that he figured it was about 1/2 mile. I felt the strain on my legs and I was sweating when I was done. I think I did it for 20 to 25 minutes. I also do exersises in the water that I did in the gym pool using a dollar store swimming noodle. There has to be someone who could have researched pool activities. It is constantly expressed to me to use the pool. Somebody help us out!

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