With the summer heat upon us, working out outdoors can seem like such a drag. It may even feel like torture! All you want to do is cool off and what better way to do so than in a pool! So, why not take advantage of your pool time and get an awesome workout while you’re in there? In this article we’ll share some of the best exercises to tone up that summer bod.
Why is Working Out in The Pool a Good Idea?
Working out in the pool is not only a great way to beat the summer heat, but you can burn a lot of fat and it can also be healing. Working out in the pool is great for those who suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis, the overweight, people with injuries and pregnant women. The water provides resistance, supports some of your weight, may relieve some chronic ailments, and it can be super fun too!
Exercises to Perform in The Pool
Stand in water at the side of the pool. Stabilize your upper body by sweeping your hands back and forth as you run your legs up the side of the pool and back down to the pool floor. It will work out your core and back muscles.
Run in a zigzag pattern from one end of the pool to the other, then run straight through all the currents you’ve just created at 3 minute intervals. It’s a great workout for your heart and offers great resistance to your leg muscles. The deeper in the water you go, the greater the resistance will be.
Just like on land, you should step forward into a lunge. Make sure to not let the forward knee go past the toes. Return to the starting position and repeat with the other leg. For a side lunge, face the pool wall and take an oversized step to the side.
Deep water bicycle
In deeper water, loop a noodle or other flotation device around the back of your body and rest your arms on top of the noodle for support in the water. Move your legs as if riding a bicycle.
While standing in next to the side of the pool place arms shoulder width apart on pool edge. Press weight through your hands and raise your body up and half way out of the water. Make sure to keep your elbows slightly bent. Hold 3 seconds and slowly lower back into pool.
Stand with feet hip-width apart in the water. Place your hands slightly further than shoulder-width apart on a noodle at water’s surface. Squat, submerging noodle to knees then stand as you rotate torso to right, moving noodle through water to right side. Rotate back to center. Repeat squat sequence on left side.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Hold a water weight with both hands. Squat down and bring the weight in front of you. Steadily rotate your torso from side to side, following the weight. Make sure to keep your core tight throughout the exercise.
There’s not greater cardio and full body workout than swimming laps! It’s a great way to end your workout and push your endurance. Free style, butterfly and Back stroke are all super beneficial for your body, heart and lungs.
These great exercises in the pool will work for any fitness level and are a great way to keep moving even when it’s hard! So, what are you waiting for? Splash on in.