Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Comparison of Physiologic Responses to Self-Paced Water Aerobics and Self-Paced Treadmill Running

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Comparison of Physiologic Responses to Self-Paced Water Aerobics and Self-Paced Treadmill Running

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Werner W. K. Hoeger, Boise State University, Norman Kaluhiokalani, Roxane K. M. Cardejon, and Joke Kokonnen, Brigham Young University--Hawaii, Terry-Ann Spitzer Gibson, and Chad Harris, Boise State University

The purpose of this study was to compare exercise heart rate (HR), oxygen uptake ([VO.sub.2]), and rate of perceived exertion (RPE) between self-paced water aerobics exercise (SPWA) and self-paced treadmill running (SPTR). Thirty (n = 33) participants (19 women and 14 men) performed the two exercise sessions in a random order. Participants were allowed to work at their preferred aerobic intensity during an 11-min session in water (SPWA) and on land (SPTR). The first 5 min of exercise were used as a warm-up phase. During this phase the participants gradually increased exercise intensity to their desired aerobic pace. For the final 6 min, participants exercised at their preferred pace but were allowed to increase or decrease intensity as they wished (rate of limb movement in water or treadmill speed on land). No verbal or physiologic feedback was provided during the tests. Exercise heart rate (HR) and oxygen uptake ([VO.sub.2]) data were collected at 1-min intervals during the workouts and an average of the las t 6 min of exercise was used for data analyses purposes. …

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