It's 100 degrees (not counting the humidity). Your knees ache (again). Your bored on the treadmill (even though you're watching "The View," flipping through an Us Weekly, and blasting Rihanna through your ear buds). The gym is packed (on a Tuesday? at noon?).
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Any (or all) of these could very well keep you from lacing up your running shoes. And maybe they should. Perhaps the answer to all these pains is taking your jog to the pool.
Aqua jogging gives you the benefits of walking or running, but with less impact and more resistance. Keep it simple by moving just as you would while running on land, or alter the difficulty by using water weights, doing intervals, adding high-knees or butt-kicks, or running backward. If you stay in the shallow end, somewhere between knee- and chest-depth, you will have more impact (as your feet hit the bottom) but less resistance in the water. Moving to deeper end may slow your speed but make your workout lower impact and more challenging.