Earlier in the week I gave you a little hint that I had added something new to my exercise routine and today is the unveiling of my new Aqua Jogger. Hubby Tom purchased it for me on the Internet from www.aquajogger.com
(This is not a paid endorsement, I wasn’t given this product to try and everyone should check with their doctor before starting any form of exercise)
I actually first tried the Aqua Jogger years ago when I was recovering from a serious accident where all the bones in my left ankle were crushed. I had surgery on my ankle and was put back together with screws, pins and a 4 inch long steel bar. I spent a few months in a wheel chair and then another few months of physical therapy to learn how to walk again. During my recovery a PE teacher brought over an Aqua Jogger from her high school for me to use in our pool. She told me she would have students with injuries use it while they were recovering so they could keep in shape. I was grateful to be able to exercise with out any impact to my ankle.
I fully recovered and resumed my outdoor walking and even started jogging until I started having knee problems. When I started to gain weight my knees started hurting and about the same time I got arthritis in them. Since I have lost weight it has taken pressure off my knees, making walking more enjoyable again. Did you know that for every extra pound you carry it creates 4 extra pounds of pressure on your joints!
I got the petite belt that is made for smaller women who are short waisted, that would be me! Hubby Tom got me the kit with the Delta Bells, the Aqua Runners, an instruction booklet and an instructional DVD. If you want the petite belt in one of the kits you have to call them to place the order rather than using the on line ordering system.
History: The Aqua Jogger buoyancy belt was originally developed in Eugene Oregon as a water rehabilitation tool for pre – and post surgery patients and athletes. It allows you to have impact free deep water exercise. This is perfect for my arthritic knees!
How it works: The Aqua Jogger fits around your waist with an adjustable belt. Suspended up to your neck in deep water with the Aqua jogger belt you can breath normally as you move in a jogging motion. Your feet don’t touch the bottom of the pool so it is impact free. The water provides resistance in all directions and you control the amount of resistance by your speed of movement.
The DeltaBells are great for your arms. The triangular shape allows you to vary the resistance and intensity depending on how you turn your wrist.
The AquaRunners are for adding another level of intensity to the work out. I have not tried them yet, I am so excited to have the Aqua Jogger and am having fun with it so I will save the runners for when I need to change things up again.
Fun Facts: Waters buoyancy virtually eliminates the effects of gravity – supporting 90 percent of the bodies weight. Water acts as a cushion for the bodies weight bearing joints. This is great news for my knees and my ankle. Exercising in the water reduces stress on muscles tendons and ligaments.
A 140 pound woman only weighs 14 pounds in the water. Really? Honey, can we move into the pool?
I was looking for an alternative activity for exercise besides walking outside and using hand weights. I love my walks but I was feeling like I needed something more to work on my legs since I am not able to do deep lunges or deep knee bends. I was inspired by Tracy at TJ’s Test Kitchen as she blogs about her pool work outs. Then I remembered using the Aqua Jogger and how much I enjoyed the experience.
The Aqua Jogger is perfect. I could really feel a difference after the first 30 minute work out I did. The next day a different set of muscles were sore from my water work out. I also love the DeltaBells and I get a good upper arm workout using them. I like that my head is above the water and my hair doesn’t get wet while I work out in the pool. I don’t want to have to wash my hair every time I get in the pool to work out.
Cross Training: It’s nice to have different forms of exercise so you can work different muscle groups. I am still working on my upper arms and I actually have some muscle showing now and the bat wings are getting smaller! Yippee! Three mile walks, water jogging, bike riding and resistance training are my chosen forms of exercise.
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We will be packing up and heading out for our road trip in a couple of days so my next post will most likely be from the road somewhere between California and Nebraska.
What is your favorite form of exercise?
Having fun in the water!