What is aqua running?
Aqua running is a deep water form of running. Running in water is great for those who are looking to up their cardiovascular capacity without wear and tear on their muscles from running on pavement.
Aqua running is sometimes associated with injury but it is also a great addition to any training routine. It is also a great way to escape the heat during the summer months.
- a pool deep enough so your feet don’t touch the bottom
- An aqua running flotation belt.
- Waterproof watch if the pool doesn’t have a clock
- water weights (optional)
How to get started
Strap the belt around your waist. You want to make sure the belt stays around your waist and does not ride up too high your ribcage. Once you have your belt on and are in the pool simply get into the running position as you would on land.
Aquajogging is much slower so it is best to base your workouts on time, hence the waterproof watch.
To keep from getting bored run laps up and down the lane. But if you are limited on space you can stay in one spot or jog in small circles. You can increase the difficulty of the workout by increasing your cadence.
Some advice from experience
Stay conscious of your form, make sure your arms don’t turn into a doggy paddle.
Don’t lean forward. you need to keep your body as upright as possible. So remember to check in on yourself.
Bring your knees up higher than you would on land.
Don’t overdo it on your first session. 20 – 30 minutes is a good Aqua jogging session to start out with.
Remember, this is not just treading water.
Aqua running is as hard as you want to make it. If you find yourself slacking, do interval workouts.