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Water Running

Running!  Sometimes, it really takes a toll on your body. So, how can you practice without pounding the pavement? One option, is running in the water. Water running is a great way to maintain muscle memory while rehabbing an injury or can be used to supplement your existing mileage.

The trick is maintaining a natural running style in the water. All too often, it devolves into treading water or bicycling. You just have to keep asking yourself, is this how my legs move when I’m running on land? Don’t lean too far forward or too far back. Don’t curl up in a ball or ride your big wheel.

If you’re have trouble staying afloat, get a water aerobics belt.  However, if you’re comfortable in the water, your lungs will get a better workout without the belt.

Water is thicker than air. While this is a low impact workout, it is not a no impact workout. When I did a lot of water running while recovering from a stress fracture, I could definitely feel it in my hamstrings the first few times I did this, so use caution. Good luck, and keep on running.

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Written by Chris B.

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