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Need a break from running in the heat? Try aqua jogging.

By Kelyn Soong

15 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

informed Summary

  1. Aqua jogging, or deep water running, is a useful cross-training exercise that can help maintain cardiorespiratory fitness for up to four to six weeks. It is particularly beneficial for injured runners as it is not weight-bearing, but can also benefit healthy individuals aerobically.

The suffocating summer heat and humidity can make even the most dedicated outdoor runner feel unmotivated. For those who want an alternative to running on the roads without losing their fitness, deep water running - or aqua jogging, as it's more commonly known - could be a useful supplementary cross-training exercise, experts say.

Studies have shown that a well-trained runner can maintain their cardiorespiratory fitness for up to four to six weeks with aqua jogging.

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