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3 Effective Water Workouts to Try Now

By Genevieve Cunningham

The water can feel incredibly good. This is why people spend summers lounging about in swimming pools or floating in the lake or river. There's something about the water that is relaxing and charming. But the water is good for more than just resting and relaxing. As it turns out, the water can be a great tool in your quest for fitness. If you would like to use the water to help you get in the best shape ever, take a look at these three effective workouts to give a try today.

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics is exactly what it sounds like. It’s an aerobics class that is done in the water. You’ll stand in water to your waist -- or more if you can handle it -- and then do certain moves. These moves might include stretching, high knees, lunges, arm circles, or a wide variety of other exercises. The water provides a greater resistance without creating more discomfort. Join a class at your local gym, and you’re sure to have a great workout and a ton of fun, too.

Lap Swimming

Swimming is an excellent way to keep yourself in shape. Swimming laps burns massive calories, forces the lungs to expand, and stretches and strengthens the muscles. If you haven’t been to the pool in a while, be prepared to be exhausted. Swimming is a taxing exercise, but it’s worth the effort for the significant boost in health that come with it.

Water Weights

Lifting weights in the water can be a real challenge. You won’t take regular weights in the water, but instead you’ll use specific weights designed for the swimming pool. Doing this exercise helps to build strong muscles, but the water creates a bit of a safe zone. The buoyancy of the water keeps pain away from the joints and other body parts, so that lifting becomes just a little bit easier. This is a great exercise for anyone who suffers from joint pain, injury pain, or any other discomfort that makes lifting weights on land painful.

If you want to get in shape while having a little fun, the water is a great place to start. Use these exercises and your local pool to boost your health in a big way. It’s fun, effective, and challenging … which is everything you need in a workout and everything you need to change your body for good.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Roseville, Calif.

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