Hit the Pool
Water workouts are easy on the joints and beneficial to the entire body and
mind. While the buoyancy of water can make you feel light and relaxed, don’t
let the calm water fool you. Pool moves can blast calories, increase heart rate
and boost muscle strength. Add a pool workout to your routine with these tips
from Life Fitness:
Try an aerobics class. Many fitness
facilities now have aqua classes in their group fitness schedule. Circuit
classes and boot camps are offered in the pool using tools like Styrofoam
dumbbells, noodles, resistance tubing and medicine balls. (Yes, medicine balls
float in water.) Your gym may even have the latest fitness craze, Aqua Zumba, an in-water dance party that offers a more
intense, full body workout.
Getting started. If you are going to create your own workout,hit
your local gym pool or community pool and stand in chest deep water. Get your
body warm with easy jogging, then create your own cardio drills alternating
with strength exercises.
- Cardio drills: Try jogging from one side of the pool to the other in
shallow water or tread water in the deep end. Calisthenics like jumping
jacks and jump squats will be much easier on your body in the water, but
will still increase your heart rate.
- Strength exercises: If you have a resistance band or any other floatable
tools, preform the same exercises in the water that you do on land. The
tempo may be slower due to the viscosity of the water.
Swim Laps. If you
are looking for a break from impact cardio exercise like running and jumping,
then add a day or two of swimming laps to your routine. Swimming is a
great cardio workout that will increase your heart rate while yielding no
stress to the joints and bones.
Still need some convincing to
hit the pool? The Center for Disease Control says adults should get 150
minutes of heart pumping exercise every week and studies show people can
exercise longer in the water than on land, without increased effort or joint or
muscle pain. Fit Tips are provided
by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality
exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide. For more information
on Fit Tips and other fitness advice and expertise visit www.lifefitness.com/blog.