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  1. R.F.

    I appreciate your attention to research within your posts. I typically do my cardio via the pool. I have some health considerations that make actual running very difficult for me to say the least. Often, I swim laps to complete my cardio portion of a workout. I love this post because it provides a concise way to do much more while I am in the pool. What I like about this deep-water running is that it will not only provide a cardio workout given the resistance of the water but it will also provide strength training without the pressure on my joints. I will pay for it for days if I put too much strain or pressure on my joints so I definitely understand it being compared to a crash. These deep-water running exercises can help shorten some of my other workouts and add to my pool time by offering some variety. That is something I can get excited about.

    • I am so glad you found the post useful. I think Running in water is a great therapeutic strategy for runners with leg and back problems, since the body is supported. The added buoyancy has the potential to decrease the compressive forces on the spine which are evident during running on land. Deep water running is used by both injured and healthy athletes and gives the gains of training without incurring the potentially harmful effects of weight bearing exercise like running on land. I too think that is something to get excited about. In fact, I hope that more health providers can see deep water running as a good treatment to help people who because of health considerations can not do actual running.

  2. Farhan

    I’m glad I came across this article because I have been suffering from knee and lower back pain for some years now. Obviously, running is only going to make things worse.

    That’s why I decided to take up cycling instead, and my body has been performing better as a result. After reading your guide, I now have a clear idea on how deep water running works. So I’ll definitely be trying it out when I have the chance.

    Great article!

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Farhan,

      I am glad you enjoyed the post. Deep water running might be worth trying because the water will give you support without putting pressure on your knee and back. I wish you continued good health. Feel free to contact me again should you have any questions.

  3. Mark

    I’ve been looking and tried loads of things to try help me with my sore back. Doctor told me to do exercises but they never seemed to work and tended to hurt me more. This idea looks brilliant definitely going to try this! Do you know if there’s any kind of classes for this exercise or could I just jump in a pool and do it myself?

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Mark,

      All you need to do deep water running is access to a pool and a flotation belt

      The flotation belt is an important piece of equipment to help keep the runner upright in the pool with the neck and head well above the water. It is possible to run in the water without one; however, it takes so much effort to stay afloat that it is difficult to concentrate on maintaining good running form.

      That said, it’s still a good idea to inquire if there any water aerobic classes in session  near where you live. Most organizations that offer aerobic classes also offer deep water running. Good luck and feel free to contact me should you have any more questions.

  4. Robert

    I found this article to be very useful and helpful. I’ve had a series of injuries but I need to get back to working out.

    Have you ever done the deep water workout? I am going to try the deep water workout. It looks perfect for me because of its low impact.

    Thanks for sharing this info!

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Robert,

      I haven’t done the deep water workout myself. I found out about it from a friend of mine who is also a runner and needed to recover from a knee problem. I was intrigued by the therapy and spoke to other runners who had used deep water workout as a substitute for land training. I was impressed enough  from the additional research that I did to do a post on it. Keep in mind  that you’ll need a flotation belt to help keep you in an upright position so the  workout becomes more efficient. Let me know how it works out should you decide to try it.

  5. Pearl

    This is another amazing and helpful article you got here again. I can’t fully express how happy I usually am after reading your posts here. They are always timely and very helpful.
    I think this is just what I need to try in order to get back on the track sooner than I expected. However, I’m a bit concerned about the exercise and fill like asking if there is any supervision needed for this or it can be done all on my own?

    • Hi Pearl,
      Pool running is a great form of cross-training for runners because it’s highly specific to running; it closely mimics your running form while using most of the same muscles. You will be able to maintain your fitness even if you’re not doing any running on land. Keep in mind that you pool run in the deep end. You are not supposed to touch the pool floor. So I think that if you’re just starting out, and because doing pool running by yourself can be boring, it’s a good idea to join a deep-running water class where someone can watch your form and where you can have some fun with others. If you don’t want to or it’s not possible join a pool running class, then at the very least you should practice with a buddy. If you wish you can use a floatation belt, but remember that keeping proper form is what really counts.

  6. There is a wealth of benefits in this work out style. So much so, that health insurance will pay for seniors to attend pool classes at certain facilities here. It must be prescribed by an M.D.
    Pool exercise is now used before knee and hip replacements to build up muscle.
    This results in a better outcome after surgery.
    Just one possible application.

    • Hi Dianne,
      Thanks for the information about health insurance paying for seniors to attend pool classes that teach deep water workout. Good to know. Thanks for checking in. Have a great weekend.

      Thabo

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