Swimming is a great and fun way to keep fit. It works for many different people. Individuals with joint problems, fibromyalgia or other chronic problems find that swimming is gentle on their bodies while still providing excellent exercise.
One of the advantages of having your own pool is easy access. You can swim at the time that best fits into your day. It’s a good idea to set a regular schedule for exercise. Then, it is more likely to become part of your routine. You can also motivate yourself to exercise by inviting a friend or family member to swim with you. You can hold one another accountable for getting regular exercise.
When it comes to exercising in your pool, you aren’t limited to simply doing repetitive laps. There are a variety of exercises that can strengthen your muscles and get your heart rate up. Water jogging is a popular activity. You don’t have to jog for long periods of time to get results. Make sure you are in water that is about waist high. You may find it helpful to wear water traction shoes. Jog in place for several minutes. It’s a good idea to alternate jogging and another activity so that you don’t get over-exerted.
You’ve probably seen children playing with pool noodles. These toys can also be exercise tools. You can put them under one knee at a time and do sets of lunges, which will tone your legs, arms and bottom muscles. Try to do at least ten repetitions with each leg. Noodles are also great accessories for squats. Hold the noodle in both hands and do at least ten repetitions of squats. This will work out many of the same muscles that you focus on with lunges.
There are many exercises you can do by leaning on the side of the pool. Put your back to the wall and put your arms up on the side of the pool. You can bicycle in place with your legs. You can also pull your legs down and straight across to get a slightly different workout. You should also try doing bended leg lifts. Extend your legs and pull them up straight towards your chest. Half-jumping jacks are another option. Do jumping jacks with the lower half of your body, which will give your legs a good workout. Another option is face the pool, hold onto the side and do flutter kicks, just like you did when you were first learning to swim.
There are special weights you can purchase to help you do arm exercises in the water. These weights are buoyant and require muscle pressure to lower and raise them in the water. These weights work best in deeper water so that you can move most of your arms in and out of the water. You can do many of the same arm lifts and extensions basic bicep curls, arm lifts and compressions with straight arms. You can also extend your arms front to back with the weights to work out the upper arm area.