Another casualty of at-home working is exercise and fitness. Anybody with a fitness tracker can attest to the amount of passive exercise going to the office offers. Commuting, walking to meetings, going to lunch – all these things rack up your daily exercise quota, an exercise that just doesn’t exist when working from home. The addition of your own backyard swimming pool solves this problem by offering you a dedicated and tranquil place to work out and stay fit while stuck working from home.
The choice of exercise methods to help you stay fit at home is bigger than ever before. With compact workout equipment, it’s easy to create a home gym in even the smallest of properties. So why is a swimming pool the right choice for staying fit at home?
Swimming and water-based exercise is the best way to stay fit in a low-impact way. The support offered by the water allows you to burn calories and improve your cardiovascular in a low-impact manner. Time spent in the water has also been shown to have positive effects on mental health, which when combined with the general positive mental health effects of exercise means pool-based exercise is great for both body and mind.
The choice of exercises in the pool isn’t just limited to swimming. There are a variety of exercises you can perform, suited to all activity levels, to stay fit and healthy at home in the pool.
These exercises are perfect for those who either need to keep their activity and impact levels low or for when you are looking to burn some calories but don’t have the energy for an intense workout.
Laps: The great thing about laps is that you can do them at your own pace and speed, enabling you to get the exact type of workout you are seeking.
The Bicycle: If you are looking for a low-impact exercise, the bicycle is perfect. Holding on to the side of the pool and pushing your legs through the water like you’re riding a bike will not only burn calories but will put little to no pressure on your joints.
Ball Workout: Incorporating a ball into your pool-based exercise is an ideal way to burn some calories. Holding the ball in front of your chest and balancing on one leg for 15 – 30 seconds before switching to the other leg will help to improve your balance
These types of exercises are perfect for everyday workouts. Tone your muscles, and improve your fitness, but without burning yourself out.
Tucks: This exercise is ideal for toning your legs and core. Stand in the middle of the pool and jump bringing your knees up to your chest. Increase the challenge by chaining jumps together without letting your feet touch the ground.
Sprints: Lean on the edge of the pool with your elbows while supporting yourself with your core muscles. Using a motion from your hips, lower and raise your legs to the waterline.
Intense workouts are best reserved for one or twice a week but are the best way to see the overall health and fitness improvements in the long run.
Speed Laps: Once again, laps are a core component of any great swimming pool workout. If you are looking for a more intense workout, set yourself more stringent goals and try timing yourself for sets while mixing up techniques.
Weights: Increase the challenge of any of the previous exercises by adding weights to the routine. Special pool weights work together with the natural resistance of the water to make a challenging workout.