ALTERNATING RELAXATION AND EXERCISE IN YOUR POOL
With the exception of lap pools, private swimming pools are often considered places to chill out and relax, where you can splash about with your children. Images of people dozing on a lilo or sipping a cocktail in the pool spring to mind.
However, it's perfectly possible to exercise in a small pool too! This includes rigorous workouts that raise a sweat. Here are a few ideas for exercising in your pool:
- Use an endless pool unit or a bungee cord - it's difficult to swim lengths in a 4m-long pool, but it is possible using a simple bungee cord (if your pool is not equipped with an endless pool machine).
- Put on some flippers and focus on exercising your thighs. "Short" flippers specially designed for swimming pools are available. They take up very little space and allow you to give your muscles a good workout. They're perfect for bending your legs, stretching your calves and strengthening your muscles.
- Aquagyms, which are very common in public swimming pools, provide a gentle way of building your muscles. If you exercise vigorously and at a sustained pace, you'll quickly realise that this is not a sport for the faint-hearted.
- Aquabike - it's possible to pedal in water! You need a special bike that you can stand on the bottom of your pool and remove easily (with the help of Archimedean buoyant force). This comes with multiple benefits - your leg muscles are made to work hard without damaging your joints. The water acts as a shock absorber, especially if you operate a massage hose close by.
To summarise, don't forget that you can use your pool as a home gym.
Last updated on 06/12/2021
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