Swimming pools are great for relaxing or play, but they are also great for working out. Gym memberships and exercise machines can be costly, but you have already invested in a pool. Why not utilize it for your fitness routine? Pool workouts can be adapted for anyone from beginners to experts, and they are great for those who low impact exercise. Below we’ll discuss three easy workouts to get you started.
This one is obvious but very effective. And if you’re not an exercise genius, swimming is an easy way to start. Most beginner swim workouts are a mix between freestyle and kickboard laps. Make sure to start slow and take short rests in between laps as you increase the energy. When you’re finished, swim a couple of laps for cool down. For a structured workout example, you can find three workouts of varying intensity here.
2). Water Aerobics
If swimming isn’t for you, water aerobics is a great way to burn calories with simple exercises you can learn quickly. These techniques such as sprints, high knees, wall pushups, or dips will feel more familiar to you and serve as excellent cardio. They are designed to get your heart rate up and help you lose weight, using the water as natural resistance training. This video will walk you through five specific exercises you can start today.
3). Abs and Core
This last workout specifically targets your core by using ab workouts adapted for the pool. In addition, to helping you get the abs you’ve always wanted, core workouts improve your balance and stability. Ab workouts are great for switching up your exercise routine once or twice a week. This workout includes five techniques to help you build your stomach muscles and stay swimsuit ready.
Finally, it’s important to remember to drink just as much water in the pool as you would during a normal workout. You will sweat the same amount, but you might not feel it as much as you usually would. Hopefully, these workouts are helpful as you begin experimenting with which exercise is right for you.