Water walking in a pool can provide an excellent aerobic workout. It is a great option for those with an injury, pregnant women, or for older folks who want to increase their activity level without putting stress on their joints. Water provides gentle resistance to your movements, which helps strengthen and build muscle. Over time, you can increase your endurance while enjoying this low-stress exercise.
Water walking is simple: stand in water that is at least waist-deep, with your abdominal muscles firm and flexed, shoulders back, and chest lifted in a neutral position. Walking in chest-deep water provides even more resistance and a more strenuous workout for those wanting to work a little harder.
You then walk as you would on land, placing your heel down first and following through with the ball of your foot. Try not to walk on your tiptoes, but instead walk normally as you would if you were walking on the street. Remember to keep your back straight and your stomach muscles tight. You can also walk backwards to work different muscle groups. Press your palms against the water to also work your arms.
While no equipment is necessary, there are some products that can assist you in your water walking workout. Poolsandstuff.com offers great accessories for water walking, such as The Underwater Walker. Constructed of durable PVC tubing and stainless steel swivel casters with solid rubber wheels, it's designed to assist the injured or elderly who need additional assistance walking and remaining upright. It also has armrest cradles that provide extra support and can be attached or removed. We also have an aquatic floatation aid (shown above) for adults who can support themselves in the water in an upright position but need assistance to walk.
If you have any questions about water walking, or are looking for products that can help you exercise this way, please contact us! We can get you in the water and working out in no time.