Cardio That’s Easy On Your Joints


Health experts recommend getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week, but all that exercise can take a toll on your joints. 

Swapping your land workouts for a water workout may be the switch you need. 

This 82 degree heated pool at Sanford Wellness paired with KELOLAND’s cold temperatures is what may get your attention at first. 

But it’s the workout that will keep you.

“We do sit ups on it, we do, we use all of our different body parts on it. We’re not just using the bike,” Cheryl Nold said.

For three months, Nold has been using hydroriders, which are underwater fitness bikes. She says the workout keeps her heart rate up while keeping her joint pain low. 

“I have back problems that I’ve had shots for and the doctor recommends water,” Nold says.

“You get an amazing workout and when you get off that bike you’re not sore, not achy. You can walk and you know, feel like you got a good workout without feeling like you worked,” Nuss said.

Riders cycle to the beat of a fun playlist that both participants and class instructor Angela Nuss says keeps them going.

“I love the music. I set my own playlist. I really am kind of motivated by that music. I love watching the people sing to the different songs, that always keeps me going through any class I teach,” Nuss said. 

She says the low impact workout is for people of all ages, but especially those looking to ease soreness.

“So I have some younger people in the class as well as older and it really gets your joints moving. Especially for people who struggle with their knees, it gets that fluid going” Nuss said.

In addition to having a low impact on joints, hydroriders offer a variety of benefits, such as cellulite reduction, increased circulation and a high-caloric burn. 

“You can burn 11 calories a minute. Yeah… so a workout, a 45 minute workout is somewhere around 500 calories,” Nuss said. 

She says her feedback from participants has consisted of just two words. 

“Try it,” Nuss said. 

To find out when the next class incorporating hydroriders is, click here.

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