4 Pool Workout Tips

With gyms closed due to unforeseen circumstances, we need to get creative on getting a workout in and having fun while doing it. Getting outdoors and in our pools are great ways to soak up some Vitamin D and fresh air. Exercising in the pool provides more buoyancy which creates greater resistance and a more challenging workout. Working at a higher resistance, we burn calories at a greater rate so the workouts can be shorter. Plus, working out in water is easier on joints on muscles. So let’s jump in our pools and start exercising! Here are some great tips to grab a quick workout in your pool.

1. Water walking

This one’s easy. Walk around the shallow end of the pool. To make it more challenging, add ankle weights. Always walk straight up, shoulders back, and keep your core engaged. Look straight ahead and swing your arms as you walk. Walk for 5-10 minutes.

2. Jumping jacks

These are just like the ones you did in gym class as a kid. They get a little tougher because of the resistance in the water. Try 3 reps of 10 to get you started.

3. Arm swings

In shoulder level water, stand with your legs together and your arms at your side while slightly bent. Raise your arms until they’re shoulder height and level with the water. Use foam dumbbells for a challenge. Try 3 reps of 10.

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4. Leg kicks

Hold on to the edge of your pool or a kickboard. Let the lower half of your body float behind you and begin to kick your legs. Try to keep your torso straight. For a more a challenging workout, try not to bend at your knees when you’re kicking. This way, you’re engaging the full length of your body.

Despite being in water, you may realize that you can still sweat quite a bit with pool workouts, so always stay hydrated. And remember, since sweat and oils can collect in your pool you should always keep an eye on your pool filter. If you need any help, feel free to give Poolwerx a call.

**Safety notes: Use a flotation vest if you’re not a good swimmer. Always stop exercising if you feel dizzy, have shortness of breath, feel nauseous, faint, feel weak, or experience chest pain. It is recommended to contact your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.

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