An aqua jogging belt works pretty simply: You wrap it around your waist, jump in the deep end and start moving your legs while keeping your head above water. These belts, commonly referred to as flotation belts, also work for water aerobics and are especially great for seniors and people recovering from surgery or an injury. When shopping for one, there are a few things you should consider such as the fit and the level of buoyancy and back support your body will need. And if you plan on traveling with your aqua belt, take note of the shape and whether it’ll be easy to pack. Ahead, we curated a list featuring some of our favorite models on the market.
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1. Aqua Jogger Classic Belt
Featuring a thick foam construction, this belt provides excellent lumbar support to keep you upright.
Pros: The strap adjusts up to 48 inches. It resists chlorine damage, doesn’t absorb water and dries fast. It comes with a DVD and workout guide.
Cons: It may not fit larger men.
2. Speedo Aqua Jog Belt
This belt is also made from soft, flexible foam that’s chlorine-resistant and quick to dry.
Pros: The quick-release buckle makes it easy to put on and take off. It’s offered in a small/medium size that adjusts up to 48 inches and large/extra-large size that’ll fit up to a 56-inch waist.
Cons: Some may find it rides up occasionally.
3. Hydro-Fit Classic Wave Belt
Also made of soft, durable EVA foam, this belt forms to the natural shape of your body, enhancing posture.
Pros: It’s offered in three sizes to accommodate a variety of different bodies. It features a quick-release buckle strap that delivers a secure fit.
Cons: It may ride up a little.
4. Aqua Sphere Aqua x GT Belt
This soft, neoprene belt features segmented foam for an ergonomic fit and stretch zones to keep it from riding up.
Pros: Mesh construction throughout help accelerate drying. It should fit any waist size under 50 inches. It features an easy-to-adjust two-way buckle.
Cons: Some may find it bulky.
5. TYR Aquatic Flotation Belt
This one is ergonomically designed using high-density EVA foam, making it soft and comfortable.
Pros: The adjustable belt and clip system accommodates various body types, including up to a 52-inch waist. You can remove the foam blocks and fold it up.
Cons: Some may find the blocks tend to ride up.
6. Water Gear Aqua Trim Water Flotation Belt
This style is specially contoured to fit below ribs and above hips to promote maximum range of motion.
Pros: The nylon belt is durable and fully adjustable up to 38 inches. The soft, flexible EVA foam won’t absorb water or become damaged easily.
Cons: It’s not meant to fit users over 160 pounds.
7. TRC Recreation Buoyancy Belt
This lightweight, supportive belt is fit for waist sizes ranging from 34 to 44 inches.
Pros: The internal strap system and adjustable buckle fastener make it easy to use. It’s available in two colors: blue and purple.
Cons: Some may find it could be a bit more durable.