A Swimming-Pool Workout That Works

Get A Great Workout In The Pool!

Water workouts are terrific for your entire body. Even if you have joint pain or old injuries to deal with, you’ll be able to burn calories with ease because your weight is supported by the buoyancy of the water. Just thirty minutes of moderate pool exercise can burn up to 300 calories. If you start with that routine just once a week, and work up to three times weekly, you’ll be on your way to toning your body and losing some weight. 

Here’s how to do it:

Warm Up For Five Minutes

Even if think you’re flex to the max, stretching your muscle groups first is crucial for a safe pool workout. You can do any of your usual land-based stretching exercises in a swimming pool. Make sure you’re including all the large muscle groups of your legs, arms, back and chest. Then simply walk around in the water to raise your heart rate.

Do Strength And Endurance Exercises For 20 Minutes

Start off walking in a straight line from one side of the pool to the other, submerging as deeply as possible into the water. Push your arms forward, fan them out, and pull them behind you while you work your way across the pool.

Next, gradually increase your pace and slowly lengthen both your stride and your reach; use your arms to help pull yourself through the water. As you move faster, resistance increases and your balance will be challenged. Try two fast walks back and forth across the pool.

Now choose a swimming stroke (breaststroke, backstroke, crawl, etc.) and swim one complete lap (across and back) at a pace that allows you to complete one trip. Finally, repeat one lap of fast walking, followed by a controlled swimming lap, preferably using a different stroke. In no time, you will have worked every major muscle group in your body while elevating your heart rate. Cool Down For At Least Five Minutes Repeat the same stretching exercises you did during the warm up to give your muscles time to relax, and to minimize soreness. As always, check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.   
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