Staying in healthy and in shape is an important part of life. In South Florida, it can get pretty hot outside making outdoor workouts a little tough. However, the heat does make for the perfect time to take a dip in your swimming pool and combine some activity as well.
Swimming is a great form of exercise for people at any age. It is low-impact, easy for people to do and especially good for your cardiovascular system! It is recommended for adults to get around 30 minutes of aerobic activity daily and swimming is one ‘cool’ way to do so. Here are some of our favorite tips and facts to encourage you to enjoy a pool work out in you backyard! When you swim, your heart will beat faster, which will deliver more oxygen to various parts of your body. The vigorous beating will strengthen your heart, which means that it will not need to beat as quickly, and it will be more efficient. Regular exercise, such as swimming, can reduce your risk of developing heart disease, can prevent a heart attack and may lower your blood pressure.
There are also several types of exercises that you can do in the pool, even if you are not the strongest swimmer. Simply walking through a swimming pool is probably the easiest form of aquatic aerobic exercise. Walk through the pool’s shallow end if you’re a beginner. Resistance on your body increases as the water level increases, making your aerobic workout progressively more challenging as you move toward the deeper end. Another way to burn plenty of calories in the pool is by hopping in the water, face the pool wall, grab the pool’s wall with one hand and place your other hand lower on the wall to help yourself balance. Extend your legs back into the pool and perform dolphin kicks by raising and lowering your hips, your knees and then your feet. Keep your legs together throughout the exercise. (via Houston Chronicle)
Lastly, for safety, do not swim alone. Swim in pools or lakes that have a lifeguard present if possible, or bring along a friend to swim with you. Take a class in CPR and encourage your friend to do so as well in case of near-drowning. If you are swimming in natural bodies of water, watch out for riptides and currents, and obey any posted signs. If you have any health concerns or heart problems, or if you take any prescription medications, talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program.