For those who don’t know yet, water is a great environment to trim excess fat and tone your muscles because of how it contains high resistance properties. Water is 800 times denser than air so every time you push and kick, it is amplified and you will surely experience a great deal of effort from your body.
If you’re thinking about doing some exercises on the water, then the first thing that probably comes into mind is swimming. In fact, swimming is perfect since this type of exercise is very helpful in working on your arms, core, hips, shoulders and glutes.
But apart from just doing swimming laps, there are other ways to get your heart pumping and make the most out of your swimming exercises. These are guaranteed to benefit your swimming exercises routine and will surely give you the results that you desire.
Check out these types of swimming exercises that you should do:
This swimming exercise is an easy way to burn off those calories and puts less stress on your knees, ankles, hips and joints. It will also let you engage your large muscle groups all at the same time. All you have to do is stand on the shallow end of the swimming pool until the water reaches all the way up to your shoulders. Once you reach that depth, bend your knees at a 45-degree angle and start kicking your feet back and forth plus move your arms while you’re doing this. If you do treading water for about 30 minutes, then you will burn at around 300 calories. Just keep on doing this until you are satisfied with the numbers.
If you can get yourself an access to a speed boat, then jet skiing and wakeboarding are two of the best ways to tone your core and legs. Of course, these two activities can be a bit tricky to master but when you do, you will surely be hooked to this type of sport. In fact, it can be a lot of fun to do since you will be falling to the water for several times, especially if it’s your first time. So go out there, enjoy the mild weather and head on to the lake for some good boating fun. You will never regret doing this fun-filled water activity.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Technically, stand-up paddle boarding is done on the water and not in it. But nevertheless, it is still a great water workout. This water exercise will work your arm muscles a lot and you have to thank the paddling for that. You can do this activity on lakes, oceans or on certain swimming pools which surely makes it an ideal year-round exercise. This can be done on either a solo or group activity and you can also bring your dog along if you want since other people do it too.
Do you have a lot of sporty friends? Well, if you do, then better gather them up for a game of basketball or volleyball at the pool. Playing these sports on the water can be a whole lot of fun, it is a great workout and it is even made more challenging because of the resistance that the water provides. It will surely give your legs a good workout since you will be having a hard time moving around. So what are you waiting for? Just grab your ball, hoop and net to get this challenging water-sports activity started.
Group Fitness Classes
Taking a group fitness class is an ideal way to look for support and encouragement from individuals who have the same fitness goals as you do. The most popular group classes such as kickboxing, zumba, yoga and pilates are normally done either at a gym or a studio. But that sort of thing is getting a bit mainstream and to make the experience a bit more different, these group classes are now being done on swimming pools as well. Also, these classes that are being done on the water are sometimes taking advantage of pool noodles and water weights to provide the group a great workout while in the water.
So which do you think of these swimming exercises are great for you? No matter which one you choose, I think it’s safe to say that they’re all fun and exciting than the normal routine you do on dry land. It may even give you greater results in a short period of time, especially if you do this sort of stuff more often. Just invite a couple of your friends and you can do these swimming exercises whenever you want especially during summer time.
Have fun out there and let your muscles grow while in the water!