Our expert says:
Part of the 'energy demand' of exercise on land is the weight bearing, because the impact and the body weight add to the overall work that has to be done. The result is that switching programmes into the pool is not ever going to match up to what you could burn on land. However, the impact is lower and this is the positive difference between them. So there is compromise - you definitely benefit from the reduced impact, but you may lose out on the energy burned, because a pool session is not going to be as intense as a land one.
My suggestion would be to try the pool and see what it feels like. But, don't give up on walking altogether. Remember, you have come from high impact bootcamp drills, and so even walking represents a reduced impact exercise. And you love walking, so I'd say you should look at walking more. Add to that the pool work, and possibly something like stair climbing machine at the gym, maybe even cycling, and you have a programme that definitely will be effective and provide a lot of variety.
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