Armed with these tips, the week after my class, I took the H2GO app to the Chicago Park District pool a half-mile from my house. It’s eight feet deep, outdoors, and has adult swim weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m. I tethered myself in a corner and hit play, while women in bathing caps and Speedo-clad men did laps around me.
"It was a godsend," she says. "Within 15 minutes in the water, I had worked harder than I had worked in 15 years with my cardio. It’s a different way of creating cardio without fear of injury."
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Proper upright form is maintained under water, and heart rates can reach the same levels they do while you're running on land (once the extra 10 to 15 beats per minute that account for the water's hydrostatic pressure are added).
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Running in deep water reduces impact, adds resistance, increases flexibility and improves circulation. With recent research demonstrating that the effect of training in water can equal the same level of effort on land, it’s no mystery why water running classes are a hot trend.
You can do your hardest workout of the week in the water, burn up to 40 percent more calories than running on land, and wake up the next morning feeling rejuvenated because there’s no impact!
Although Fluid Running is fit for anyone, this is not your ordinary aqua aerobics class, and Jennifer hopes to break that stereotype.
The hydrostatic pressure (water pressure on the body) flushes out toxins, decreases swelling from injuries and increases blood flow to the heart by 30%
"What I underestimated was the intensity of the workout," she said. "I feel hungry. My body feels wonderful. I feel pleasantly tired."