Now that summer is here, it’s going to get even hotter while you are working out. Why not cool off with a good workouts in the pool instead? No, we’re not talking about just swimming laps around deep end of the pool. Believe it or not, you can also get a great workout using the shallow end of the pool. Since water has an extra resistance that forces your body to work even harder, you can burn just as many calories as you can, out of the pool. Want proof? Check out these great in the pool moves.
The Walk or Run Workout
For a great cardiovascular workout, walking or running can be an excellent alternative to swimming laps around the pool. Try walking or running in the pool by raising your legs up as high as you can in the shallow end of the pool while walking or running into place. Keep your feet flat on the bottom of the pool and avoid using the tips of your feet since this can cause serious pain to your calves. Do this exercise move for at least 20 minutes for a great calorie burn.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms down at your sides. With the palms of your hands facing out, bring your hands slowly up toward your shoulders. Hold for a count of 5 and return to the starting position. Repeat this exercise move for a total of 10 reps. To make this exercise a little more challenging, you can try lifting with a pair of water-proof weights.
Begin with your feet shoulder-width apart, your arms at your sides and the palms of your hands facing up. Bend your knees until you are in a squatting position and your bottom is sticking out. Slowly return to a standing position while keeping your back as straight as possible and your stomach in. Repeat this exercise for a total of 10 reps.
Start by holding on to the side of the pool and then lowering your body into the water, as far as you can while bending your knees. Lift yourself up as far as you can and repeat this exercise for a total of 10 reps.
Begin by standing with your back against the side of the pool. Holding the edge of the pool with your elbows, slowly bring your legs up to a sitting position and hold it for a few seconds. Slowly lower your knees back to their starting position while keeping your back as straight as possible. Repeat this exercise for a total of 10 reps.
The above pool exercises are just a few ideas that you can try. If your local pool allows it, you might also want to consider getting together with friends for a game of pool volleyball or Frisbee. Please remember, while a pool may be a great alternative when exercising; always use caution when you’re in the water. Stay Safe!