Humpday Health: Pool workouts for all ages

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With the hot summer approaching, you’ll want to get your exercise in while staying cool.

Here in Wilmington, we are surrounded by water. With that luxury, you can use that water to your advantage.

“I mean you can really get a workout anywhere you look in wilmington so it’s very convenient.” UNCW Triathlon Coach Trent Hayden said.

In addition to convenience, pool workouts allow you to get great summer bodies in one of the least stressful ways possible to your body.

“Pool workout is great,” Hayden said. “It’s a total body workout that is very low impact. You’re going to get a really good cardio workout and you’re going to get a very good muscular workout as well with low impact. It’s really sort of unmatched in that area.”

Each workout is something you can do in a pool or even in the ocean. But going at your own pace is important to consider.

“If you’re just a beginning swimmer, swim slow for the length of the pool,” Hayden said. “A lot of people want to get in and swim laps and they swim one lap and they are exhausted. Take it down, start slow, get used to it, build your capacity and you’ll see improvements very quickly.”

You can swim laps normally or focus on specific body areas like doing arm workouts and even legs.

“You want to have your arms straight out in front of you and keep the kick board above your head while you’re kicking and just kick to the other end of the pool.” Hayden said.

Make sure you keep your hips up and activate your ab muscles by keeping them tight. And like most gym exercises, controlling your breathing is important as well.

“One thing to really concentrate on is your breathing when you do this,” Hayden said. “You want to breathe every stroke. Get your head into the water, it’s something every one has to work on a little bit.”

Start your pool workouts twice a week and build up your endurance from there to not over work and get the best workout possible.

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