How To Start A Water Walking Club In 5 Steps

by | Jun 12, 2024 | Exercise Tips, Knees & Hips, Move Better, Water Exercise

Water walking offers a fantastic way to exercise, stay cool, and make new friends. It’s not just about staying fit; it’s about the amazing benefits that come along with it. Let’s dive into what water walking is, the benefits, and why forming a water walking club might be the best decision you make for your health and social life.


What is Water Walking?

Water walking is a simple and highly effective exercise performed in a pool. As the name suggests, it involves walking through typically chest-deep water—that’s it; it’s a surprisingly low-impact, full-body workout. Water walking reduces the stress on joints significantly, making it an excellent choice for seniors, anyone with joint pain, or those with arthritis.


Water Walking vs. Land Walking

How does water walking compare to land walking? I hear you ask. The primary difference lies in the impact and resistance. On land, walking puts gravitational stress on your joints and bones, whereas when you’re in chest-deep water, the stress on your joints is decreased by 70-80%. Not only that, but you’re also adding 360-degrees of resistance around yourself so no matter how or where you move, you’re building strength, too. This makes water walking a perfect solution for weight loss, improving muscle balance, reducing joint pain, and improving range of motion. Not sure where to start? Watch the video below to learn the water walking basics and 16 ways to add variation. 




Water Walking Benefits


Joint Health

For those with arthritis or joint pain, water walking is a game-changer. The buoyancy of the water reduces pressure on the joints, allowing for pain-free movement. Think about living with super-capable joints, ready to tackle anything that comes your way. 


Strength and Endurance

Water walking requires constant muscle activation to move against that 360-degrees of water resistance. This means that with every step, you’re getting stronger and building endurance. Walking backward in water in particular is amazingly beneficial for core and lower body strength.


Cardiovascular Health

Water walking helps reduce arterial stiffness, improving cardiovascular health. This increased elasticity allows better oxygen flow throughout your body, not only enhancing your physical fitness but also improving heart health and boosting immunity.


Balance and Posture

The turbulence created while walking in water forces your body to stabilize, which strengthens your core and back muscles. This can improve your posture and balance, reducing the risk of falls.


Social and Mental Health Benefits

One of the most compelling reasons to start a water walking club is the community aspect. Exercise in a group setting has been shown to improve mental health and increase life expectancy, and the social interaction and camaraderie that come with a club can make exercise more enjoyable and motivate you to stick with it. Plus, sharing progress and tips with friends can create a supportive environment that benefits everyone involved.


5 Ways To Start a Water Walking Club


1. Find a Pool

Check with your local community centers, gyms, or neighborhood pools to find a suitable location. Make sure the pool is accessible and has waist to chest-depth water, ideal for walking.


2. Gather a Group

Start by inviting friends, neighbors, or fellow gym-goers. Spread the word through social media, community bulletin boards, and local newsletters.


3. Schedule Regular Sessions

Consistency is key. Set a regular schedule that works for most members, such as early mornings or late afternoons when the pool is less crowded.


4. Plan Your Workouts

Vary your workouts to keep things interesting and effective. Incorporate different techniques like forward walking, backward walking, and intervals of higher intensity to challenge your muscles and improve cardiovascular health. Variability is key to results.


5. Monitor Intensity

Intensity is part two of the results equation. Using the Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) scale can help ensure everyone is working at a safe and effective level. Aim for moderate intensity, which is about 60-70% of your maximum effort. Add walking intervals, alternating between work and rest for continued progression.


Have Fun!

The most important part of a water walking club is to have fun. Enjoy the social interaction, the refreshing water, and the knowledge that you’re doing something great for your health.


The Takeaway


Starting a water walking club can be a rewarding endeavor that brings numerous physical, mental, and social benefits. It’s an excellent way to stay cool, get fit, and build lasting friendships. So, gather your friends, find a pool, and take the plunge into a healthier lifestyle!

Ready to dive in? Start here: The 28-Day Water Walking Program: Water Walk to a Healthier You.

This water walking program is here to help you move with ease. No more guessing whether you’ll be able to walk across the street in time, or be able to navigate the stairs on your next vacation. Learn more here.

Laurie Denomme

Laurie Denomme

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