Swimming is a great all-round exercise that works extremely well for those who have mobility or joint and bone issues and are adversely affected by high impact exercise. The buoyancy provided by water can act as a stabilizer while also reducing pressure on bones and joints. The resistance provided by water makes it a great medium for cardiovascular exercises while reducing the impact and injuries associated with falling. For those who suffer from conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, obesity, or other physical problems that make training on dry land difficult, swimming is an ideal exercise. But what if you’re getting tired of swimming being your main source of physical activity? Can you use the swimming pool in other ways to provide the workout you need? In this article, we present some ideas on how to exercise in the pool without swimming.
Water dumbbells are similar to regular dumbbells, but rather than using weight to work the muscles and increase the heart rate, they use water resistance. Typically composed out of plastic or foam rather than steel or concrete, water dumbbells are quite light out of the water. But their construction maximizes the drag when they are used underwater. This makes motions such as punching, curling, chest presses, and flies very strenuous on both the muscles and the cardiovascular system. The more power you put into each stroke, the more the water-resistance works against you and the tougher your workout. And unlike regular dumbbells, you can use water dumbbells at great speeds to increase the cardio strain.
Water barbells use the same principles as the water dumbbells by utilizing water resistance rather than dead weight to force the muscles and cardiovascular system to exert themselves. Water barbells look similar to dry land barbells, but again, use plastic or foam rather than steel or concrete to provide underwater resistance. Many of the same exercises that are done with dry land barbells can be done with a water barbell, but additional exercises such as rowing and horizontal pushing and pulling can also be incorporated into the fitness routine. Doing these exercises in the pool provides extra balance and stability which allows those who are uncomfortable with using heavyweights to get in a comparable workout.
Lower Body Resistance Fins
Lower body resistance fins use the same water resistance concept behind water dumbbells and barbells but are modified to be strapped around the legs or ankles. This allows walking or jogging in water with extra resistance which can be handy for recovery workouts needed to loosen the joints in the ankles, knees, hips, and lower back while providing much-reduced impact. When employed in other exercises such as jumps, kicks, leg raises, or squats, the lower body resistance fins can significantly increase the heart rate and provide a challenging cardiovascular workout while also building and toning muscle.
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