Pool exercises are great for people who are looking to stay healthy and train in a safe and comfortable way. Regular water-based exercise in a swimming pool can help you get fit and remain active, among many wonderful health benefits! If you’re tired of doing laps and would like to spice up your underwater workout regimen, this article is perfect for you!
1) THE BICYCLE
This simple and effective exercise is an absolute classic. It’s also extremely easy to perform, even when you’re in a pool and the water isn’t very deep. You can do this while standing or sitting, as long as you can lean your back against a surface. Start by leaning your back against the edge of the pool, using your elbows to sustain yourself and keep your shoulders out of the water. The idea is simple: move your legs the same way you would move them if you were riding a bicycle. Try your best to make a full circle motion with each one of your legs, keeping it as consistent as possible.
2) LEG LIFTS
This exercise is particularly simple, yet highly-effective if you wish to build some strength in your legs and lower abdomen muscles. Essentially, you need to lean with your back against the edge of the swimming pool and keep your shoulders out of the water. For this specific exercise, you’re going to need to keep your legs straight and parallel, as close as possible to one another with your toes touching.
In order to perform the exercise, you will have to lift both your legs at the same time, up and down. You might find that this exercise is a bit more difficult than the bicycle, as it requires more strength to keep your legs up for extended periods of time.
3) FLUTTER KICKS
Flutter kicks are one of the easiest exercises you can do in a swimming pool. They’re perfect for those who are looking to stimulate their circulation and improve their cardio. Performing this exercise is quite simple, start by grabbing on to the edge of the pool with your hands. Stretch out your body as much as you can, almost as if you were floating in the water, but keep your head out of the water.
When you’re in position, start kicking and moving your feet, as if you were trying to propel yourself and swim away. Make sure to keep your feet underwater to avoid unnecessary splashing and increase the effectiveness of this workout! Besides obviously helping you strengthen your legs, this exercise also has a positive effect on your abdomen, as those muscles would be used to stretch out your body and improve balance throughout the exercise.
4) FROG JUMPS
Jumping up and down in the water might sound like a silly idea, but don’t knock it until you try it! There is more to this exercise than a funny name, as it can help you work out your buttock and quad muscles. The exercise is very simple. All you would need to do is stand deeper in the water, possibly at least at waist level. Once you find a good place to stand, assume a “lie position” (think of the legs of a frog) and start by putting your heels close together, while your knees bent outwards.
Jump as high as you can and reap the benefits of this exercise!
5) BICEP CURLS
This classic exercise also has its own place in the swimming pool. Lifting weights is quite challenging, but the water adds a little bit of extra resistance, which will allow you to work harder and more efficiently. You can use special pool weights that have been designed specifically for aquatic training, so you don’t compromise the quality of the water or damage your regular weights. When lifting weights in the water, it’s important to keep your range of motion completely underwater, in order to avoid injuries and maximize your workout.
Exercise is just one of the many benefits of swimming pool owners. To learn more, contact our experts at Van Dorn Pools and Spas. We have a large selection of high-quality pools for sale in Kingsville, Shrewsbury, and Reisterstown!