Having an in-ground pool in your backyard would be amazing for a number of reasons. It's a great way to ramp up the fun factor at those summer afternoon barbecues. It's a great place to spend time with your friends and family, and it's great exercise. Whether you're trying to lose weight or simply looking to maintain your body, having an in-ground pool is like having your own backyard gym.
Here are a few workouts to get you started toward your poolside fitness goals:
- Swimming laps – This may seem like an obvious exercise if you own a pool, but it’s also one of the best forms of exercise you can do. Swimming laps works out every muscle in your body, from your legs and arms to your back and stomach, not to mention it helps to drastically improve your endurance. Take your time and go for distance – meaning swim as many laps as you can – or do sprint laps, which is swimming as quickly as possible from one end to the other. If you do sprint laps, be sure to warm up beforehand by swimming a few normal laps first. Both of these exercises can be done in a regular pool, although you could consider installing a fiberglass lap pool as well.
- Bicycle kicks – Bicycle kicks are a great way to work out your abs when you’re on dry land – when you’re in the water, they become even more effective. This is because you’ll not only be working your core, but your shoulders and legs as well. Doing this exercise is pretty easy – just lean against the side of the pool facing away from the edge, place your elbows on the edge, then lift your legs up and begin kicking. To ensure your safety, make sure you do this in the shallow end of your pool.
- Flutter kicks – These are similar to bicycle kicks, except they’re the other way around. Hold onto the edge of your pool while facing the edge and kick your legs to keep your body afloat. Focus on kicking quickly instead of on lifting your legs out of the water.
- Jumping jacks – Yes, you can do jumping jacks in the pool. They’ll be much more effective in the water as well. This is because your legs will have to push through extra resistance due to water, which means you’re working your legs more. They are also a bit tougher to do in the water because it’s more difficult to keep your balance – your natural buoyancy will make it easier for you to tip forwards or backwards. Start these in shallow water and move to a depth you feel comfortable with.
- Jogging – You may feel a little bit silly trying to run in water, but it’s a fantastic workout and an excellent way to lose weight. Moving quickly through water is pretty tough due to the resistance it will provide (unless you’re swimming, of course), which makes jogging from one side of the pool to another quite a challenging task. Obviously, you’ll want to do this in the shallow end of your pool.
These are just a few exercises you can do in your pool to get started toward your goals. To learn more about fiberglass in-ground pools or to contact an authorized pool builder in your area, visit us at Latham Pool Products.