The glorious summer sun has many of us hustling to get healthier, get outdoors, and do a little more exercise. We think the best way to embrace your summer-ready journey is by using one of summer’s greatest ‘accessories’ – the swimming pool. Of course, the most obvious way to incorporate a pool into your workout programme is by swimming. But what if we told you there were many more options? From workouts in the water to poolside routines, there are loads of ways to keep cool and get moving this summer. The best part? A quick dip will help you cool down when things get heated – just don’t forget your sunscreen!
5 exercises you can do poolside – and in the pool!
These can be done next to the pool, the old-fashioned way. Get down onto your hands and knees. Keep your arms shoulder-width apart and straighten your legs out behind you. Slowly lower your body to the ground, hold it, and then push up. For a cooler take on this movement, get into the pool and swim to the edge. Place your hands on the rim of the pool, then lift your body out of the water. Hold for a few seconds and release.
For a quick leg workout, try doing lunges around the pool. If you need a refresher on lunge technique, remember to take a big step forward and, as you do, lower your back leg’s knee to the ground. Continue doing these ‘walking lunges’ until you’ve done an outside lap of the pool. When you’re done, jump in the water to rinse off.
Swimming is arguably one of the best full-body workouts out there. Not only does it improve your cardio, but the resistance of the water helps build muscle strength. All you need to do is choose your favourite stroke and do a lap or two to get the blood pumping.
This one is fun, simple and bound to get that heart rate going. Simply jump and, as you do, kick your legs out and swing your hands above your head. To increase the resistance, why not try this exercise in the pool? You may not be as fast as you are on dry land, but it will help tone your muscles due to the water resistance. Jumping jacks for joy!
If you’re looking to squeeze in a quick cardio workout, look no further. Essentially, you'll be running on the spot, BUT lifting those knees as high as you can while doing so. If you’re up for the challenge, try this exercise in the water. It may seem easy, but you'll soon start to feel the burn. These poolside summer workouts promote endurance, strength and flexibility. And, if they're done in the water, you can increase resistance while taking the strain off uneasy joints. It's time to use the tools at your disposal to get active and stay healthy. In most cases, the simplest solution is the most effective. So, if you’re up for the challenge, why not take your favourite exercises to the pool?
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