Pool Exercises to Keep You Fit
Trying to find the motivation to workout on a beautiful summer afternoon or even on a warm spring day can be difficult. That’s why you need to try combining your daily dip in the pool with your not-so-daily workout routine. We promise it’s worth it. First, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of doing pool exercises…
Benefits of Pool Exercises
The first advantage of exercising in your pool is staying cool! The refreshing water will feel amazing, but be careful and make sure you stay hydrated by drinking water. Another pro is that working out in water has a greater resistance than working out on land, comfortably working your muscles to the max. Healthline claims that “aquatic exercise allows you to get a great cardio workout, while also increasing your strength, endurance, and flexibility.”
Pool exercises can also help certain groups of people, such as pregnant women, the elderly, and those suffering from certain conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. This is because exercising in the water creates buoyancy, which puts less stress on your joints and muscles.
Now you could invest in water exercise equipment such as a water bike or water elliptical, but for a workout with the same effectiveness with less of a hassle, we suggest having the following items:
- A pool noodle
- A kickboard
- Wrist or ankle weights (optional, add to exercises for more resistance)
Pool Plank – One of the Most Overlooked Pool Exercises
Pool planks help strengthen the core, much like planks on land. To do this exercise, you must take your pool noodle and hold it out in front of you, with your hands shoulder length apart. Then push the pool noodle down into the water and rest your body in a straight position, keeping your head above the water. Your core will be strengthened as it tries to keep your body balanced. Do twice for 1-2 minutes at a time.
To do this type of exercise, you can either use the edge of your pool or a kickboard. Grab onto the edge of the pool or your kickboard and straighten your legs behind you. Start with scissor kicks, moving your legs away from one another and then back together, in an open and close position. After 1-3 minutes, switch to flutter kicks, kicking your legs up and down as though you were swimming. These kicks may also be done for 1-3 minutes.
Exactly like traditional jumping jacks, but in shoulder-level water. This exercise works your arm and leg muscles, along with your core.
Running along the length of your pool, making sure to keep your arms moving as well, provides a great workout to your entire body due to the resistance of the water. You may even walk, if necessary. Continue for 5-10 minutes.
Cardio/Resistance Exercise – Some of the Most Effective Pool Exercises
Saving the best for last, this exercise strengthens your core while improving your balance. For this exercise, you sit on your pool noodle like you would a horse and pedal your legs as though you were on a bike while moving your arms forward and then backward, with your palms always pushing the water. Continue this for 2-4 minutes.
Stay in shape this summer with the help of a pool from Aqua Leisure Pools & Spas. Not only will your yard transform into an oasis, but you’ll feel better than ever!