Swimming Pool Workout
Get your body in shape, without stressing your joints, by doing a swimming pool workout. Not only is swimming and water exercise an excellent aerobic exercise, but the water also provides resistance training. Working out in the swimming pool can entail many different things. Swimming pool workouts can be swimming laps, swimming with a kick board, water aerobics and even water walking or running. There are swimming pool workouts for just about anyone, of any age and fitness level.
- Walk in the shallow area of the swimming pool. This is a perfect swimming pool workout for a beginner. Stand in the pool so that the water hits you at about hip level. Start at one side of the pool and walk to the other side. Take large steps. Continue to do so as long as it's comfortable for you. As the water does not strain your joints, this swimming pool workout can be done for up to one hour if you like.
- Walk or jog in the deep end of the pool. For best results, strap on a water belt. This will keep your head above water and allow you to walk and run in water that is deep, as you can't touch the bottom of the pool. Keep in mind that even though you are running, it won't feel like it as the water makes you go slowly.
- Do front and back kicks in the pool. Stand in the shallow end of the pool, with the water about hip deep. Swing one leg forward and then back to standing. Do the same with the other leg. Do the same with the other leg. Perform 3 sets with 10 repetitions.
- Use a kick board to swim laps. This is a great swimming pool workout if you aren't yet ready to swim laps on your own. Swim as many laps as you are comfortable with. Start with 30 minutes and work your way up to 60 minutes.