This activity has so many names that I’m not even sure what to call it: (deep) water running, water jogging, aqua jogging or pool running.
But they all mean the same thing. And what they mean is some serious business when it comes to burning calories. Here’s what you need to know about water running:
Water running is amazing for burning calories
Ok let’s face it:
Water running looks a bit silly.
There are a bunch of people in the pool that don’t really look like they’re doing anything. Their heads however are slowly bobbing onward so there must be some motion underwater. They’re water running.
Water running is really efficient, you burn 500 – 700 calories per hour depending on your body weight.
And what makes running on water so brilliant is the fact that pretty much anyone can do it! You burn as many calories water running as you do by regular running but even if you’re not fit enough to run 30 minutes on land you could very easily do it in the pool.
What does deep water running mean?
What you’re basically doing is you’re running in the pool. It sounds complicated but it isn’t, at all. Now as you probably know, I’ve been really into swimming lately. I’d been watching those water runners with some curiosity for a while and then one day when it was rather quiet at the swimming center I felt brave enough to go and ask a lifeguard to tell me more about it. He told me some basics and said that as long as I keep a good posture and fasten the water running belt tight enough I really can’t do wrong.
It felt very natural right away. It took a while obviously until it felt like I got the right water running technique – and still does for the first minutes when I get in the pool. But you get the hang of it very very quickly.
The benefits of water running
There are so many benefits to water running:
- You will burn a lot of calories
- Anyone can do it, you don’t have to be fit
- It’s very low impact so you won’t hurt yourself by putting too much strain on your joints
- The water’s resistance will give you a natural lymphatic therapy which will help the lymph and blood flow in your body
- It’s not expensive: all you need is a public pool and you can often borrow the belt
- It’s a great cardio workout
When you’re running in the pool it doesn’t feel like you’re even working out really, it feels so easy on your body. You only notice it when you come out of the pool – I feel exhausted when I go to the sauna afterwards. If I’m sitting there alone I don’t let myself close my eyes because I’m afraid of falling asleep. They’d find just a raisin there when they’d come and check the saunas when the pool’s closing at night 🙂
How to run in water
First you have to make sure that the water is deep enough – your feet should not touch the bottom of the pool. And then you just… run. I’d like to make it more complicated but it isn’t: You move your legs and hands as if you were running on land. You might want to “overdo” the movement though, like lift your knees a bit higher etc.
You can also change the speed by running a bit faster. I’m an impatient person and can’t be bothered to water run more than 20 – 30 minutes at a time so I try to make those minutes count by running as fast and efficient as I possibly can. My water workout usually consists of 20 – 25 minutes of swimming and another 20 – 25 minutes of water running. After that I sit in the sauna, walk home and take a nap 🙂
How to water run (video):
Pool running equipment
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All you need is a water running belt. Well, you could probably do it even without one but I can’t really imagine pool running without the water running belt. It really is essential. I don’t own one, I use the ones that I can borrow for free at my local leisure center.
I have to admit that when I first saw people water running I thought it looked a bit sad. Please don’t judge me for that, I didn’t know better 🙂 Now I’m one of those heads popping rather slowly but very determinedly onward. I try to think of myself as a sprinter – Usain Bolt or my favorite Yohan “The Beast” Blake – as I run. I must look crazy. But you know what, I don’t care! I’ve never been a runner in my life, but running in swimming pool is so different. I promise you’ll like it!