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Friday, April 21, 2006

jog in your backyard pool

Florida summers... are hot... really HOT... like being in an oven HHHOOOTTTT! Taking a walk outdoors can be just brutal. And running and jogging outdoors... unthinkable! So when the heat buckles the asphalt and running, power walking, or just taking the evening stroll becomes less fun and way too sweaty, you may want to take your workouts to a cooler place, your own backyard pool.

Running, jogging and walking underwater not only strengthens the leg and hip muscles - the quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteals - but helps to develop cardio respiratory fitness.

Pool walking/jogging and any water aerobic activity is a great all-around form of exercise as the water is easy on the joints and is excellent for those recovering from injuries. The ease of working out in the water may seem disarming, but don’t be fooled - you will feel the burn.

If you are new to this form of exercise, the key is to take it easy in the beginning. At first, lightly exercise in the shallow end of the pool -- walking at this stage will be enough for you to start feeling some cardio.

As your confidence improves, move gradually to thigh-deep and later chest deep, increasing your speed as you go. Use the water as resistance, landing in a heel-ball-toe action and maintaining an upright stance being careful not to just stay on your toes. Pump your arms as if walking or jogging on land and eventually feel free to add small weights.

After developing a good technique which is comfortable for you, your aim to walk or jog underwater should last between 20 to 40 minutes per exercise session.
An added benefit using this style of exercise is the ability to burn more calories much more efficiently.

Based on the following estimates of calorie consumption for a 30 minute workout see the below comparative chart:

Land: 135 calories
Deep water: 264 calories

Land: 240 calories
Deep water: 340 calories

At 12:16 PM, September 19, 2005, Blogger cube said...

Unfortunately I live in Florida but I don't have a pool. We stick to walking & jogging either early in the a.m. or late in the p.m. It's do-able.


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