Over the past few months I have taken up aqua-jogging with my trusted and wonderful client, Claire. We can be seen regularly on a Thursday morning heading to the local pool for our 45 minute fix of water paddling amongst octogenarians of both sexes.
To be honest, I never thought I would be seen donning a flotation device and taking to the water like a blue finned tuna with ants in his pants. But... times change and I have come to realise the huge benefits of wading through the resistance of heavily chlorinated water. Here's why:
- It's a low impact activity and is therefore good when you are injured, eg. from running. In fact, many athletes in rehab use aqua jogging to keep their muscles strong and active.
- It's a cross training activity (you use both arms and legs) which can improve your fitness.
- The resistance of the water raises your heart rate and provides cardiovascular benefits.
- You don't need to be a good swimmer. You just pop on a flotation belt and away you go.
- You don't get water in your eyes or mouth and you don't get your hair wet. I've seen ladies in full makeup in the pool!
- You are working your shoulders, back, legs and core muscles - all without the bits of swimming lots of people dislike.
- It's a good cardiovascular workout and a change from your usual routine of, say, treadmill running.
- It's great exercise if you have arthritis.
- It's great fun and you can have a chat with your mate at the same time.
Here's an informational video:
And this guy's pretty impressive because half the time he doesn't even use a float!