(This post contains affiliate links.) Aqua Jogging is an extremely fast, effective yet low-impact way of getting into shape.
Running is one of the best forms of cardio-vascular exercise, but is also one of the primary contributors to lower body injuries. Running on land is high-impact – each time a runner’s foot strikes the ground, a shock equivalent to three times his or her body weight reverberates from the feet, through the legs and into the spine. However, when you are submerged up to your neck in water your body weighs about 10% of its land weight. Wearing a buoyancy belt will keep you upright and enable you to run with your head comfortably out of water and breathe normally.
The other key benefit is water resistance. Studies have shown that water is 800 times denser than air and provides up to 12 times the resistance, meaning that you work harder and expend more energy when running in the pool. While regular runners burn about 8 calories a minute, aqua joggers use up 11.5!
Aqua jogging also boosts aerobic capacity. Since water lacks the gravitational pull of land, you use opposing muscles for every action, resulting in greater muscle definition and all-round strength.
Being up to your neck in water also produces physiological changes in your body that help remove metabolic waste, improve cardiac function, lower blood pressure and assist the body in tissue healing.