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    Friday, July 17, 2009
    Exercise Made Easy

    After becoming saddled with this ITBS injury, I had to find a way to keep moving without overworking my joints. Aqua-jogging is a great way to rev up your engine whether your injured or not. Plus, it's perfect for full figured ladies like ourselves because it's virtually no impact. In the water your body only weighs 20% of what it would weigh on land, so you don't get tuckered out as quickly. You can try shallow water jogging or deep water jogging with floatation equipment. I prefer deep water jogging myself because it really ups the resistance. Don't worry, you'll still end up burning as many calories as you would had you been jogging on land-- and in the same amount of time. You can set your own pace, and move as fast or slowly as you want to. In deep water jogging, the resistance of the water really helps you get your heart rate up, albeit comfortably.

    The best part? No sweaty, sticky clothes!

    The hardest part? Balance. It's a little tricky with the deep water belt at first, but you'll get the hang of it with a little patience.

    Here's my water jogging routine:

    10 minute warm up lap - freestyle (or breaststroke, backstroke--whichever your prefer)
    45 minutes aqua jog ( 1-2 minute wadding rest intervals every 15 minutes)
    10 minute cool down - free swim

    Last weight recorded: 285
    Pounds lost: -3
    New weight recorded: 282



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