Running is one of the most popular exercise types in the world. But it’s also a high-impact activity that can lead to lower-body injuries. One way to mix up your routine as a runner is to try aqua jogging—a form of exercise that crossbreeds running and swimming. It can help maintain cardiovascular endurance, be done indoors or outdoors, in a guided class, or independently.
Who Is Aqua Jogging Best Suited For?
Aqua jogging is a low-impact exercise that can reduce the wear and tear from road running. As such it’s great for older adults, and injured runners. Water-based exercises have been shown to help with the regeneration of new muscle fibers, so aqua running allows you to stay active while you heal.
Another demographic that can benefit from this sport are pregnant women. Just like other water aerobics, water jogging is a safe option for those who are expecting.
What Are the Benefits of Aqua Jogging?
Water jogging is great for building strength. According to the Arthritis Foundation, water provides 12 times the resistance of air. Because it’s harder to move through, you work harder when jogging in water, and thus burn more calories and increase muscle strength.