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. In the cooler water, your body has to work harder to pump blood to warm it up.
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…
1. 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.