Turn Your Pool Into a Backyard Gym

No matter what your current workout routine may be, summertime allows you to mix it up by working out in your pool! Pool exercise is low impact and will keep you cool while you work out. Below are five exercises to try in your own pool to give your workout routine a new twist!

In the deep end of the pool, make small circles with cupped hands in the water while lifting your right leg waist high and your left leg extended straight down with toes pointing to the bottom of the pool. Hold for 5 seconds. 

Switch your right and left leg, moving your left leg up to waist level while your right leg moves down pointing to the bottom of the pool. Hold for 5 seconds. Do 3 reps on each side.

Pool Pull-Ups
In the deep end of the pool, hold on to the edge of the pool with both hands and bend your knees into your chest. Keeping your knees bent, exhale while pulling yourself up as far as you can. Slowly lower yourself back down into the water. Do 20 reps.

Pike Scull Swimmer
Stand in the shallow end of the pool. Start treading water with your hands on either side of your body. Slowly raise your legs up, folding at the hip, until your head and feet form a V-shape just above the water. Hold the position for 30 seconds while moving your hands in circles to move yourself forward.

In the deep end, wrap a pool noodle behind your back and under your arms with your hands on each side. Keeping your legs together, extend your legs straight with your toes pointing the bottom on the pool. With your legs still together, tighten abs and lift your knees up to your chest in a tuck position. Hold this position for 2 seconds. Then, straighten legs and repeat. Do 20 reps.

Aqua Jogging
Wearing a buoyancy vest or jacket, start in the deep end of the pool and free run to the shallow end. The vest will prevent your feet from touching the ground. Rest for 5 seconds before free running back to the shallow end of the pool.

Remember, even if you are working out in the pool you can still get dehydrated. Just like exercising on land, always consult a doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Share your favorite pool exercises with the community by posting them in a comment below!

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