Swimming Pool Fitness

by Pool Builders on 05-28-2012 in Articles

With the summer months approaching ( or already here!), everyone is trying to get in shape and look good. While swimming pools can be a great source of leisure and relaxation, they can also be an excellent work out tool. If you are looking to supplement your traditional workout routine of lifting weights and jogging, swimming is both a fun and effective way to get in shape and maintain your health.

Exercising in the pool is a great way to change up your workout routine. After months of working out indoors, it can be nice to get outside and workout in the pool. Exercising in a pool is a little bit different than exercising on land, and is actually better for you. Working out on land can put a lot of stress on your joints and bones (especially you knees). Working out in the pool greatly reduces the risk for joint and muscle injuries as the pool allows for much greater range of motion. Many seniors participate in aquatic exercise for this reason alone. Unlike exercising on land, aquatic exercise also helps your body stay cool, avoiding heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Swimming laps is one of the best cardio workouts you can give your body. Unfortunately, similar to jogging, many people find this type of exercise to be monotonous. Challenging yourself and making exercising fun is a great way to convince yourself and others to get in shape. Racing, using flippers, and involving others are examples of ways to get creative with your otherwise boring exercise routine.

There are several tools and devices that are commonly used during aquatic exercise. While most people think of swimming pool noodles as pillows and foot rests, they can also be used for strength and stretching exercises. Pool weights and diving bricks are also commonly used during various aquatic exercises. While treading water may not be the most glamorous exercise, it certainly is effective. Treading water involves several muscle groups and can be excellent practice for emergency situations. Of course, if you have not prepared your pool for the summer months, contact a pool maintenance provider to address any possible issues.

Aquatic exercise is commonly used during rehabilitation as well. For example if you tore your ACL and cannot yet support yourself on that leg, working out in the water can expedite the rehab process. Rehabbing in the water will cause less pain, increase your range of motion, and strengthen your muscles. More importantly, it can give you motivation that you can get back to your old self again.

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