Aqua jogging, the go-to exercise for senior citizens and the injured, could be the juggernaut your triathlon training regimen was lacking.
Aqua jogging has its roots in physical therapy because it allowed injured people to complete a cardiovascular workout without any hard impact to the muscles, joints and connective tissues.
Now healthy athletes have discovered that while aqua jogging is no substitute for running on land, it's a great addition to their basic routine.
Before You Start
Before you get started, make sure you are using a pool that's deep enough so your feet don't touch the ground.
And since it's tough to move against the resistance of water and keep yourself upright, many people new to the activity invest in some type of flotation device. There are a number of sport-specific aqua jogging vests and belts on the market.
The Perks of Aqua Jogging
Aqua jogging, when done correctly, can improve your cardiovascular capacity and help improve your running form.
Many people see their heart rate skyrocket when first attempting this sort of training. Some athletes perform running intervals in the water in order to challenge themselves anaerobically. So while joints and muscles are getting a break from pounding on pavement, you're still burning a tremendous amount of calories during your workout.
Running in the water may take a lot of concentration at first, which means a ton of attention and focus spent on proper running form and stride. Since the water is providing constant buoyancy, there's little to no recovery time needed.
As you run across the water, you'll notice how much slower you're traveling when compared to running on land. It is best to quantify these workouts using time rather than distance. If the workout isn't hard enough, increase your speed or cadence. Just be mindful of what the exercise objective for that workout may be.
Aqua jogging might be just what the doctor ordered if fighting injury or coming off a an endurance race or long season. It's also an effective training tool to prepare for a race.
A short speed run on land can easily be replaced with some timed intervals spent in the water. Or, simply take the time you would take to run a 5K and spend that time in the pool instead.
Some triathletes or runners might be frustrated because it's tougher to quantify mileage and can be a little boring. Bring a friend and a heart rate monitor to keep the workout interesting and to ensure you're pushing yourself as hard as you should be.
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