Swimming Pool Exercises and Workouts for Home Use

The whole family can benefit from fun pool exercises.

The whole family can benefit from fun pool exercises.

Home swimming pools provide an easily accessed workout option in the United States, with 10.4 million residential swimming pools in the United States in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Depending on the size and depth of your swimming pool, you have a multitude of options for incorporating aquatic exercise into your regimen. Lap swimming provides an excellent workout, but if your pool is small you can still burn calories, improve your endurance and boost your strength with other water exercises.

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Wobble Board Benefits

Try using a wobble board instead to improve your balance.

Try using a wobble board instead to improve your balance.

A wobble board is an exercise device used to improve balance, functional strength and mental focus. Wobble boards have a flat surface supported over a less stable cylinder or ball. Balancing on the flat surface challenges your muscles and proprioception as your body and mind adapt to moving on the unstable support below. Wobble boards are available in different sizes and shapes and can be modified for different ability levels. Other balance devices such as balance balls, cushions and rocker boards provide similar benefits that include: Improving proprioception and balance, improving functional strength, improving mental focus and preventing injuries.


How to Breathe During Deep Breathing Exercises

Control your breathing and feel better with deep breathing exercises.

Control your breathing and feel better with deep breathing exercises.

If you’ve ever had an asthma attack or respiratory illness, you know what it feels like to breathe shallowly because you can’t breathe more deeply. But even people who don’t have these conditions may breath shallowly without realizing it. Shallow breathing contributes to tension, fatigue, high blood pressure, increased heart rate and poor digestion. Through deep breathing exercises, you can override your body’s physiological responses to stress and illness and improve your energy and sense of well-being. There are many techniques for breathing deeply, but all improve the way you move air into and out of your lungs.

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Tensing & Releasing Exercises

Activities such as yoga and Pilates incorporate tensing and releasing exercises to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility.

Activities such as yoga and Pilates incorporate tensing and releasing exercises to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility.

Tensing and releasing muscles is a technique that is used to strengthen and release muscles, reduce stress and return the body and mind to a state of balance. Often combined with deep breathing and imagery, it is used by athletes, musicians and actors, as well as people rehabilitating from an illness or injury. Progressive relaxation uses this technique systematically to relax all of the muscles in your body.

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The Best Exercises for Tired Muscles in a Swimming Pool

Doing a yoga warrior pose in the water hyperextends your hip, helping tired muscles recover

Doing a yoga warrior pose in the water hyperextends your hip, helping tired muscles recover

Tired muscles are a common concern no matter what your age or activity level. Your muscles may be tired from a workout, yard work, a chronic medical condition or from rehabilitating an injury. An aquatic-based recovery workout reduces muscle fatigue and post-exercise pain, partly because the hydrostatic properties of water help decrease inflammation, according to a study in the “International Journal of Sports Medicine.” Dynamic range-of-motion exercises combined with diaphragmatic breathing also decrease muscular tension and increase relaxation. Stand chest deep in a swimming pool and perform these fluid, gentle movements to facilitate muscle recovery of your major muscle groups. Do 10 to 20 repetitions of each exercise.

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Does Swimming Make Your Butt Bigger?

Does Swimming Make Your Butt Bigger?

Jump into a pool for a refreshing swim and you’ll do more than just cool off. Whether you choose a butterfly, freestyle, breast or back stroke, swimming is an aerobic workout that boosts your energy, helps you slim down, strengthens your muscles and increases your range of motion. But, will it make your butt bigger? Because swimming burns calories and increases muscle strength, it helps lower your body fat and define your muscles, leaving you with a toned and shapely bottom that will look great in any pair of jeans.

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It’s Time To Prancercise!

It's Time To Prancercise!

When this entertaining horse-inspired workout first hit the scene in 1989, it didn’t really catch on. But now, thanks to YouTube, it’s found it’s niche. According to Prancercise’s founder, Joanna Rohrback, the dance-walk workout is “a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait and is ideally induced by elation.” As an added benefit, the weight-bearing, multi-directional movements are good for your bones. Every step is a surprise to your skeleton! Check out her video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-50GjySwew and if you like what you see, get yourself some nice white leggings and give it a go! You can also read more about it in her book, “Prancercise: The Art of Physical and Spiritual Excellence.” Before we know it moms will be Prancercising to school to pick up their kids, men and women will be elated as they do it in Home Depot, and, if you watch closely, you may even catch your boss rocking it in the office.

Although Prancercising is enticing, I prefer Ben Aaron’s Dance Walking workout. As an extrovert, I appreciate his social approach — I mean, why not get others involved in your elation? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib3Duz_6a9M

Thanks NYDailyNews for the photo!