Fun and Easy Pool Exercises for Weight Loss
Looking for an alternative to traditional workout routines? Why not ditch the sneakers and don a bathing suit instead? Pool exercises for weight loss are a great way to switch up your routine, and working out in the water is also the perfect way to build up your strength and balance, since the water provides natural, gentle resistance that’s easy on your joints.
Here’s some easy and effective pool exercises for weight loss that you can use:
If you’ve ever taken swimming lessons, you’ll recognize this exercise!
Simply grasp the edge of the pool deck while floating face-down in the pool, extending your legs straight out behind you. Stretch your arms out, and kick both legs vigorously. For increased challenge, focus on keeping your legs below the surface of the water, as that will increase resistance.
Hold a pool ‘noodle’ vertically between both of your hands while standing in the shallow end. Press the noodle straight down into the water, and lean forward until your body is fully extended behind you, with your feet off the pool floor. Keep your head up, and try to hold this ‘plank’ position for 1-2 minutes at a time to build up your core muscles and tone your tummy.
Start in water that comes to about your chest, and tuck your heels together, with your knees slightly bent and pointing outwards. Lower your bottom down, then jump up as high as you can. Return back to your starting position after each jump
This pool exercise is great for weight loss as it works both your cardiovascular system and the large muscles in your legs and bottom. The deeper you go when you ‘load’ your muscles before the jump, the more calories you’ll burn!
Water Workout Gear
While it’s not required, you might want to purchase a pair of specialized water running shoes that are designed to provide you with extra grip and cushioning against the hard floor of the pool. Other optional equipment when doing pool exercises for weight loss includes a floatation belt, water dumbbells, and paddles to add resistance during arm exercises.
Remember that when you workout in the water, you still sweat (you just don’t notice it), so be sure to hydrate before, during, and after you do your pool exercises for weight loss.
Pool exercises for weight loss are a great addition to any fitness routine, but they’re especially helpful if you are recovering from bariatric surgery like gastric band or LAP-BAND since water exercises help to both tone muscles and build cardiovascular strength. To learn more about exercising before, and after, bariatric surgery, contact our weight loss surgical team today.