The Benefits Of Aqua Jogging
Studies have shown that aqua jogging can enable a well-trained runner to maintain running fitness for up to 4 to 6 weeks.
In one study, a group of ten runners trained exclusively with deep-water running for four weeks and compared 5K race times pre-deep water running and post-deep water running. The researchers found no statistical difference in 5K time or other markers for performance, such as submaximal oxygen consumption or lactate threshold.
In a second study, researchers measured the effects of aqua jogging over a six-week period. This time, 16 runners were separated into two groups – one who did aqua jogging workouts and the other who did over land running. Using the same training intensities and durations, the researchers found no difference between the groups in maximal blood glucose, blood lactate, and body composition.
Finally, research has also demonstrated that aqua jogging can be used as a recovery tool to facilitate the repair of damaged muscles after hard workouts. These findings make aqua jogging an important recovery modality in addition to be an optimal cross training method.