Ever heard of it? You are not alone. I had not till a few years ago when I sustained a stress fracture of my tibia while in the final weeks of training (too hard, too fast and too long) for a marathon. I can not begin to express, and I am sure many of you can relate, how devastated I was and how much I missed running. The bike and the Elliptical were just not cutting it.
A friend of mine suggested I try “running in the pool”. I was intrigued….Well, it has been one of the best things for me! It helped me “run” while I was recovering and I now use it as part of my workout regimen.
First find a pool with a deep end. You will need flotation belts that you put on around your waist- make sure it is snug, not too close to your armpits since you will be moving your arms back and forth. I actually use 2- I am definitely a sinker- and you want to make sure your chin is above water without having to lift your chin up to do so. Once in the water, lean slightly forward but not hinging at the hips and then, begin moving your arms and legs as if you were running on the ground, remembering to make “contact” with the “ground” every time you bring your front foot down using the full range of motion at the knees and hips.
Great cardio workout: you can make it as high intensity as you like!
There is a lot of resistance provided by your arms and legs moving through the water, like running with weights strapped on.
It is zero impact!! So really great for those of us who are getting older and need to be kind to our joints, to maintain fitness while recovering from injury and even to increase intensity without the impact- it is fantastic!
Your form is probably the closest to actual running.
The sound of the waves and the feel of the gentle waves is wonderfully soothing and meditative and a great way to manage your stress.
So, give it a try! It can be a great addition to your workout regimen too!