8 Pool Exercises to Burn Calories Fast | Aurora Pools
June 27, 2020
No matter the reason you bought your pool, you can take advantage of the fitness benefits. Swimming is an exercise that you can do no matter your age, and the water makes it possible for people to do pool exercises even if they normally can’t on dry ground. When you think of burning calories in the pool, the first thing you think of is swimming laps. This is a great workout, but it’s not the only one.
Biking is a great way to burn calories, and you don’t need any special equipment to do these pool exercises. Rest your elbows on the edge of the pool and then pedal an imaginary bike with your feet. If the edge of the pool isn’t available or doesn’t work right, rest your elbows on a pool noodle, instead. It’s a great way to work your legs, your core, and your shoulders.
Double Leg Lift
Lean back on the edge of your pool with your legs straight down, then left them up as high as you can. Keep your legs straight and together as you lift them. If it’s too difficult, sit on the edge of the pool and build your strength so you can one day do this exercise in the pool. This exercise is a great one because you fight against your body’s natural buoyancy to control your legs, which is a great way to build strength.
Doing a traditional bicep curl when you’re in the pool means you get twice the workout, because you build strength when you lift the weight up, and you work harder to lower your arm because of the resistance of the water. Hold your weight firmly in your hand, keep your elbow at your side, and lift the weight in and out of the water to do these pool exercises.
With a firm grip on the edge of the pool, a noodle, or your paddleboard, swiftly kick your legs behind you. It might be fun to splash the kids, but you’ll burn more calories if you keep your legs underwater. Move them faster, not higher, for the best workout.
Knees to Elbows
Stand in your pool, then bring one elbow down to meet the opposite knee. Hold your core tight for two seconds, then switch sides. Add some variety by doing this workout in the shallow end and then again in the deep end.
Knee tucks are great aerobic pool exercises without the high-impact. Stand in your pool then jump and bring both knees up to your chest. Start in the shallower end of the pool, eventually working your way up to the deep end where you can do this while treading water.
Cross Country Skiing
You can do the same motions you would do on the cross country exercise machine when you’re in the pool. Jump your legs back and forth while your arms move in the opposite direction. This is easiest in the shallow end, and the difficulty increases as you move deeper into the water.
Place a pool noodle under your shoulders and pull your abs in towards your body to do a crunch in the pool. This is a great exercise for your core, because you stable your body vertically and horizontally while your abs work laterally. You can also do this on the edge of the pool if your noodle comes out from under you.