At some point, you’ve probably heard how beneficial it is to train in a pool. Working out in water is a great way to add resistance to your workouts, spike your heart rate, and shed fat fast. Working out in the pool is also great for those who are injured or deal with chronic pain like arthritis. Water supports your body weight, which means your bones and joints will not bear the load of your body weight. Jumping, landing, running, and other high-impact exercises will still be difficult in a pool without placing added stress levels on your body.
If you struggle exercising, whether it be because you are out of shape or injured, working out in your pool could prove very beneficial. Working out in the water has also been proven to improve balance, endurance, and agility, all of which will provide a confidence boost for future workouts.
Unfortunately, many people who own pools neglect workouts because of a lack of knowledge about water exercise. Pool owners often assume you need to swim dozens of laps to burn calories in the water. However, this is not the case. If you’re looking to get in shape in 2018, consider these two swimming exercises the next time you’re in the pool.
- • Bicycle – A great introductory exercise, begin by resting against a pool edge. While keeping your legs submerged in the water, churn your legs like you are riding a bicycle. When lifting your leg, your bent knee should just break the water’s surface. This exercise will work your legs, core, and shoulders. If you are not comfortable on the pool’s edge, considering using a pool noodle instead.
- • Otter Roll – A more advanced move, start by lying on your back while holding an inflatable ball or some other sort of flotation device. From here, simply rotate shoulder-over-shoulder through the water. This move is not a somersault or a front-flip. Instead, your body will stay long. This exercise will work your entire back, core, glutes, and legs.