Aquatic Exercises to Include in Your Workout
Summer is here, and very soon it will be pool weather again. That means now is the perfect time to begin thinking about how to incorporate aquatic exercises
into your daily workout
. While everyone is aware of the low-impact and many benefits swimming offers, not everyone knows there is more to exercising in a pool than just doing laps. A variety of aquatic exercises offer the same low-impact workout as swimming but gives you the ability to target different parts of your body to help you gain strength, flexibility or recover from an injury. Get the most from your pool and spice up your workout with a few of these water-based exercises.
The Back Glide
Focus on strengthening your lower body with this exercise. Start by holding onto the edge of the pool. Bend your knees to your chest and place the heels of your feet against the wall of the pool underwater. Push off against the wall while letting go of the edge. Glide as far as you can on your back. Return to the starting position as quickly as possible and repeat.
The Hand Lift
Target your upper back, arms, and chest with this exercise. Stand in neck-deep water and place the palm of your hands against your thighs underwater. Raise both arms to shoulder-level. Rotate your arms so your palms now face forward and move your arms through the water until they are in front of you. Finally, rotate your palms to face downwards and return to the starting position and continue.
Double Leg Kick
Get rid of your love handles with this fun, deep-end exercise. Before starting this exercise, make sure your legs won't reach the bottom of the pool and that you are not close to the side of the pool. When you are ready to begin, tuck your knees to your chest and float gently for a moment or two. This is the starting position. Kick both legs to your left and then return to the starting position. Kick both legs out to the right. Keep changing side and do not kick from side to side without returning to the starting position each time.
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