Exercises performed in the water are great for treating chronic pain and muscle discomfort, as they ensure a good recovery from injuries, without proposing activities with too much impact – thus preserving the joints. Deep running, in particular, is a type of running in water that improves fitness, balance, and body endurance. Despite being more intense than hydrogymnastics, it has a relatively simple operation and can bring a series of health benefits. Want to know more about this water sport? Just keep reading!

After all, what is deep running?

For those unfamiliar, deep running is a type of exercise that simulates running in the water. The main advantage is that the individual can perform the normal running movements without being impacted. Therefore, this activity is also very suitable for those who have already suffered injuries in the knees, ankles, calves and want a lighter – and therapeutic – alternative to continue exercising.

How does deep running work?

It is important to highlight that, in order to have the desired effect, deep running requires some care and, preferably, cannot be done without proper professional supervision. It’s not enough to perform the running movements inside the pool, ok? This aquatic exercise is usually done in very deep pools (about 2 m deep) so that the feet do not touch the ground.

In addition, the individual must wear a type of vest (or float belt) to keep the body straight and ensure stability in the pool. Ideally, the water should be at shoulder height and the head should be kept out of the water at all times. With the help of a physical education professional, the student must perform the running movements, working both legs and arms. What a lot of people don’t know is that this type of exercise is one of the best ways to lose calories.

What are the main benefits of running on water?

In addition to helping to treat injuries – and serving as an alternative for those who want to practice running without impacts – deep running brings a series of benefits to the body, did you know? We’ve listed the main advantages of this exercise:

1. It improves lung function and helps treat problems in the cardiorespiratory system.

2. Promotes the burning of body fat, being indicated for those who need to lose weight.

3. Improves the balance and flexibility of the body.

4. Strengthens the glutes, the muscles of the abdomen and legs.

5. Works all members of the body, ensuring a significant improvement in fitness.

6. Improves the body’s endurance without causing too much muscle wasting or injury (since there is no impact on the activity).

7. It helps to treat anxiety, stress, insomnia and keep the body relaxed.

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