6 Best Exercises to Do in the Pool
What if we told you there’s a way to have fun and keep cool while you exercise this summer? Read on and beat the heat with these top 6 low-impact exercises to do in the pool!
1. Flutter Kick
Remember when you were learning how to swim as a kid and your swim instructor would make you kick your legs? We’re applying the exact same concept here. Ideally, start this exercise by holding on to the edge of the pool. While holding on, kick your legs quickly behind you. The key here? Keep your legs underwater and don’t focus on moving them higher. Instead, you’ll burn the most calories if you move them faster.
2. The Ladder Pull-Up
This exercise is a great option for those that aren’t able to perform a pull-up on land. Make your way to the ladder or railing of the pool. Once you’ve found it, you’ll be using only your arms to pull yourself out of the water using the railing or ladder. Vary your hand placement and grip to work out different muscles. If you want to work your biceps, have your palms face you. Want to work your back muscles more? Switch your grip to a pull-up position instead!
3. Water Jogging
Jogging is a popular exercise, especially during the warmer months. Unfortunately, it’s a high-impact activity which can lead to joint damage, if not performed properly. Luckily, it has a low-impact, fun alternative: water jogging. Taking a run in deep water is a lot harder than it looks and lends more resistance. For this exercise, practice jogging a few lengths of the pool to start. This is a great way to work out your legs, and work on good breathing skills as well. Want to make water jogging a little more challenging? Try it suspended, with your feet never touching the bottom of the pool!
4. Pool Plank
If you struggle completing planks out of the pool, you’ll find that pool planks are much easier, but still a hardy workout. You’ll need a pool noodle to complete this exercise. Using the noodle, push down while floating with your body on an even incline. The goal here is to work on your core strength, so try to hold this position stable for about 1-2 minutes for the best results.
5. One Leg Balance
Imagine how hard it is to stand on one leg on land, then try it in the water. One leg balances are good for people who may be afraid of falling on land, since the water won’t hurt you if you fall over! While standing in waist deep water, lift one leg up and hold it. If you want to take this exercise to the next level, try lifting both your arms above your head while you continue balancing on one leg!
6. Pool Pushups
Looking to work out your arms as well as your core? Try out some pool pushups for increased upper body strength! Find the edge of the pool, then push your body fully up out of the water. Your arms should be fully extended at this point. Then, push yourself back down into the water, making sure your elbows stay close your sides!
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