You already know that a backyard swimming pool can turn your ordinary yard into a relaxing and beautiful retreat, but what you may not know is that a swimming pool provides one of the best fat burning workouts available. That’s because water is 800 times denser than air, so every time you kick, pull, or push the water, you’re doing a resistance workout, which burns fat and leads to lean muscle and an increased metabolism.
Swimming is also a safe, low-impact workout: According to Joel Stager, Ph.D., director of the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming at Indiana University at Bloomington, because water neutralizes gravity, you can swim almost every day without worrying about injuries.
If you want to use your backyard pool to get a workout, here are some great workouts designed for all levels.
If you’re just starting your fitness routine, some of the exercises you can do in your pool are:
Bonus Beginner Workout: The ball. Work out your core and burn belly fat by standing with your right leg bent and your left leg pushed back. Hold a ball with both hands positioned in front of your belly. Hold for 30 seconds, and then switch legs. Do this five times on each side.
Ready to take things up a notch? Add these workouts to your pool fitness routine:
Bonus Moderate Workout: Bicycle with a twist. If doing the bicycle at the edge of the pool is too easy for you, make it more difficult by using a noodle to sit on while “cycling” across the pool. Your abs will have to work hard to keep you balanced, and your legs will work even harder to power you across the pool.
Ready for a challenge? Burn even more calories with these intense moves:
Bonus Advanced Workout: Plie jump. This is a great way to get your bottom and legs in shape out of the water, but add in the water resistance and it’s a sure winner. Start by standing with your heels together and knees bent outwards and jump as high as you can. To increase the intensity of the workout, don’t allow any rest time between jumps. Remember, the further down you go after each jump, the harder your quads will have to work to push you out of it.
Swimming pool workouts are a great way to burn fat, trim your body, and have fun in the process. After all, would you rather work out in the middle of a crowded gym or in the privacy of your own backyard retreat in your very own swimming pool?