Although we know it’s not exactly the nicest weather to go in for a dip, indoor pools are definitely easily accessible and can help you not only change up your workouts but also change the way you look.
When one usually hears the words ‘pool workout’, they think immediately of the monotonous rhythm of going back and forth in one lane swimming laps. Even though there are plenty of people out there that enjoy it, you might not be aware that doing a pool workout can entail so much more than that!
Before you try adding a new pool workout regime into your weekly physical activities, we’re going to give you the top five need-to-know aquatic exercises to introduce to you a whole new world of fitness in the water.
Down to the simplest of exercises, here are five basic (and not so basic) movements that you can try out next time you want to exert some energy in the pool.
Half-Suspended Star Jump
Like a normal Star Jump, but just focusing on the lower body, stand at an area in the pool where your feet can touch the bottom comfortably, but don’t go too shallow, chest to mid-section level water is fine.
Start off with both feet in the middle in a standing position. When you’re ready, jump out, using force and momentum to open your stance wide. Then bring them back to their original position. Don’t let your toes touch back down until you’re back in the original, standing position or the wide stance.
Cross Country Skiing
This exercise will be your “Advanced Lunging” Beginning with a staggered stance, all you have to do is transfer your legs so that the front leg is now in the back leg’s position and vice versa. Keep your arms also in coordination and pumping opposite to your legs. The deeper you are in the pool, the harder this exercise will be.
Also known as the dolphin kick, hold the nearest wall with both of your hands, one on top and one at the wall beneath the surface for balance. Stick out your legs out from behind you and like a dolphin, use your abs and quads to kick, making the motion with your legs as if they were a tail. If it’s too difficult, you can alternate legs, like a flutter kick.
Self-explanatory, this exercise can be done with your arms straight out wide so your body forms a “T”. Then move them in circles. You can vary the exercise with the size of the circles and the direction of the rotation.
Back to the basis, high knees are our number one go-to workout for aquatic fitness. Although it might seem simple, with water resistance, running or running in place and picking up your knees is a lot more difficult than it may seem.