I have been reading articles about water jogging lately, and wondering if it would be agood fit for me. I have watched water aerobic classes from time to time, and while they look like fun, they haven’t really turned me on. I admit that I am a hard core fitness geek, which means that I am always looking for something that is a little less “fun,” if you know what I mean.
I’ve always enjoyed jogging. I was never very good at it and it took
nearly a year to build up to four miles, but it was a challenge and I liked
that. Unfortunately I have a history of
foot pain. I’ve tried better shoes, fancy inserts, and anti-inflammatory
injections with only modest relief.
Common sense tells me that it is time to reconsider my options. Perhaps water jogging might give me what I am
looking for. I’ve read that when feet,
ankles, knees, or hips complain after every workout; it is probably time to
think about something a little “softer”. Softer,
they say, doesn’t necessarily mean easier. It does mean that you should be able
to burn calories, increase muscle strength, and get a workout without jarring
feet, ankles, knees, or hips.
Water exercises, I have been led to believe, are ideal for older adults who have difficulty exercising on land. Water exercise (aqua aerobics, aqua exercise, aquatic dance exercise, water walking, water jogging) are all good ways to embrace fitness without threat of injury. Water exercise helps people regain fitness levels, mobility, strength, endurance and flexibility in impaired body parts. The fitness value is still good and all of the muscle groups are targeted.
You need a pool of course and blessings from your physician, but there is no reason why a senior can’t get into the swim of things. Call your local YMCA/YWCA for information and find a class. Some people are self motivators, but most feel nothing beats proper instruction. A good instructor will teach you proper technique, and reward your efforts with praise and enthusiasm.
You might be pleasantly surprised to learn that you don’t have to know how to swim to do aerobics, walking, or jogging in a pool. You can, and should, use a flotation device, so that you can concentrate on leg and arm movements.
What do you think? Will water jogging work for me? I haven’t tried it yet but I am hoping some of you older fitness nuts will share your experiences with me.