This article will explain what aqua jogging is, and how it is done. This is a great way to still be active even when you are recovering from an injury.
One of the great benefits of being in the water is that your body is being cushioned or massaged by the flow. With most other sports, there can be a tremendous impact and potential pounding of the joints. After a while, this can wear and tear the body down.
It is always a good idea for this reason to consider cross-training. This means, doing more than one activity as an exercise, or consider alternating your routine for example.
Aqua jogging, you guessed it, is done in the water. I would recommend having your body at least chest-deep in water. To start you can walk in the shallow end of a pool or calm waters.
Let the resistance of the water massage and strengthen your joints and muscles.
When you become more comfortable and stronger, you can begin with a slow jog, lifting those knees up and one foot at a time off the floor. As the left knee is forward the right arm is forward, mimicking as if you were walking. The arm does not go behind the back but stops just at the hip or pocket.
You can choose to go as fast or as slow as you like, or you can alternate your speed if you want to get your heart rate up.
When you are ready, give it a try in the deep end. If necessary you can use a floatation belt. The face should not be submerged, and the body should be at a slight bending angle forward (about 10 degrees). I recommend to start with a few minutes at a time and then work your way up.
If you do a lot of running, you might consider spending one or two days in the pool, instead of constantly running on the road or hard pavement. You can still get a really good workout, and it's easier on the joints and gives your body a rest.
Also, water exercise doesn't mean you don't need to drink fluids. Please make sure you stay hydrated.
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