The pool is an incredibly effective fitness tool — and it’s particularly convenient as homeowner’s needn’t even leave their homes to get a great water workout. For those that are looking to ramp up their health or shed a little weight, it’s time to dive in! (Assuming that water is heated this time of year… but even cold water workouts can be super invigorating!). Aquaman Pools offers some of the most effective swim techniques for weight loss and tips for starting a swim routine in the name of health.
Laps — Just one look at a professional swimmer’s physique indicates the level of fitness that the swimming pool can provide for one that is dedicated to their water workouts. And laps are a great place to start. Doing the butterfly, admittedly one of the more challenging strokes, can burn approximately 450 calories in just 30 minutes. It also serves to build upper body strength, tone chest, stomach and arms, build muscles, and increase flexibility and even posture. Freestyle swimming can burn about 300 calories in 30 minutes and works the stomach, glutes, shoulders and back muscles. Still impressive, the backstroke burns approximately 250 calories in 30 minutes, and this stroke can help lengthen the spine, tone stomach, leg, arm, shoulder and glute muscles, and improve hip flexibility. Finally, the breaststroke comes in at around 200 calories for 30 minutes, but it is known as a much more effective cardiovascular workout than the others, according to Swimming.org, which also states this stroke “helps strengthen heart and lungs while toning thighs, upper back, triceps, hamstrings and lower legs.”
Water Aerobics — This group-style fitness is not only a great workout (burning upwards of 500 calories per hour), it works the entire body and is a lot of fun for those that like to work out with friends and add a little social time to their swim fitness. Water aerobics provides natural resistance and serves to improve the body’s cardiovascular and respiratory systems much like cycling or running (without the intense impact of latter, in particular). So call a few water-loving friends, grab some water weights and get going!
Aqua Jogging — Running in the water provides much of the same cardiovascular and fitness benefits of running without the additional wear and tear on the body’s joints that running on the sidewalk or asphalt can have. With the help of a floatation device around the body, aqua jogging can be done in deep water to get the most bang for swimmer’s buck while the body is kept upright and head above water. Running in the water can burn up to a whopping 690 calories per hour so it’s highly effective while still offering a low impact workout.
Swimming is a great workout and is great for not only the whole body, but also the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. So why wait? Dive in for a great workout today!