Middletown, PA (PRWEB) August 15, 2007
A recent Texas A&M University study shows that running on a HydroWorx underwater treadmill not only improves overall health, but can be more effective than running on traditional land-based treadmills.
The study focused on the effectiveness of HydroWorx aquatic therapy for exercise, rehabilitation and weight loss. A team of Texas A&M University scientists compared land-based treadmill exercise to HydroWorx pool exercise in two separate experiments. The study was headed up by Stephen F. Crouse, Ph.D., FACSM and Interim Director at the Sydney and J.L. Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Texas A&M University. Thirty-two overweight adults all over 40 years of age took part in the study, which lasted three months.
A HydroWorx 1000 Series pool was utilized in the study. Among its key features are a powered variable speed underwater treadmill, adjustable water depth and resistance jets that are known to rehabilitate and condition thousands of athletes and patients throughout the world. Texas A&M owns three HydroWorx pools: the 2000 series and the Thermal and Polar Plunges. These pools are utilized by Texas A&M's Big 12 Conference football team. The University also recently purchased three more HydroWorx pools: the 1200 series and two more Plunge pools.
In two experiments, scientists studied the participants' physiological responses to exercise and overall improvement in fitness from using a HydroWorx pool vs. a land-based treadmill. The studies resulted in several important findings. The scientists discovered that HydroWorx underwater treadmill exercise burns more calories per minute than land treadmill exercise when walking or jogging at 4mph or above (jets at 50% or above). It was also found that subjects using the HydroWorx underwater treadmill gained more lean muscle mass than those using the land treadmill (jets above 50%). Subjects also lost more body fat percent using the HydroWorx pool than with the land treadmill. Four out of five subjects participating in the study preferred exercising in the HydroWorx pool over land-based treadmill running.
Results showed that the study participants improved their overall health and fitness with HydroWorx exercise, but without the joint trauma and "wear and tear" that one normally experiences working out on land, a significant finding according to the Texas A&M scientists and Dr. Crouse: "Our research results to date suggest that using HydroWorx aquatic therapy for training people who are overweight can effectively promote the loss of body fat, and may even help an overweight person increase muscle tissue. HydroWorx aquatic exercise is effective at burning calories, while at the same time is more comfortable to perform - people just like it better than conventional exercise on a land treadmill. For anyone who is overweight and considering exercise as a part of their comprehensive weight-loss program, I would highly recommend HydroWorx exercise."
HydroWorx specializes in designing, manufacturing and marketing the world's finest water therapy and conditioning equipment for the home, sports, healthcare, eldercare and fitness markets. HydroWorx has sold products in 50 states and 12 countries. Among its extensive and elite client list are: Dr. James Andrews, renowned orthopedic surgeon; Texas Longhorns; Navy Seals; Frazier Rehabilitation Institute; Manchester United; Nike; Athlete's Performance Institute; Notre Dame and Chelsea FC. For more information on HydroWorx products, the company, or for interviews with company officials, please contact Amanda Brunish at abrunish(at)hydroworx.com, or visit HydroWorx on the web at hydroworx.com