Summer exercise outdoors can be hot and sweaty, but instead of going for a run, there are exercises that you can do to keep you cool while increasing your heart rate. Not only is exercising in water low impact, pool workouts are a fantastic way to increase your cardio endurance.
An average thirty minute pool workout can burn about 300-calories and unlike exercising on land, the water supports your body weight, which results in a wider range of motion because gravity isn’t pulling you down. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool or you have access to a public pool, here are 5 benefits of pool exercise to keep you fit this summer without breaking into a sweat…
No Equipment Necessary
Aside from a swimming pool, you don’t need any special equipment to get a good workout in the pool. The water itself provides resistance for cardio and strength training. If you don’t want to swim laps, try a few other exercises like pool bicycle.
Rest your elbows on the edge of the pool or use a pool noodle to support your upper body. Once you’re secure, start moving your legs as if you were riding a bicycle. This motion in the water works your shoulders, legs, and core.