If you want to tone your body, swimming is one of the best exercises you can do. But it’s not the only thing you can do in the water to get the body you want. Exercising in a swimming pool is a brilliant way to improve your fitness and get that beach body for summer. There are lots of fun toning exercises you can do on your own or you can join a class to get motivated by surrounding yourself with other people. If you’re a social butterfly, you’ll love joining in with a water aerobics or Zumba class. The resistance from the water makes everything a lot bit more difficult but it’s easier on your body at the same time. Next time you’re at the pool, try one of these workout routines for toning.
Toning Exercises to Do on Your Own
Fitness classes are fun, but you don’t have to pay for them to improve your fitness in the water. If you have a gym or pool membership, your own pool or you just want to pay for a session now and then, it’s easy to do some exercises without an instructor. Make sure you use the pool at a time when there’s space for you to do what you like (i.e. it isn’t all divided into lanes). There are lots of water fitness exercises that are fantastic for toning your abs, legs, arms and butt. For example, you can do the “make waves” move, where you hold onto the side of the pool and kick your legs. Use something that you have to push through the water, such as a ball, to make you put in extra effort when you’re exercising.
Aerobics became a huge craze a few decades ago, and people still love it today. But it can get pretty sweaty, and if you want to stay more composed it’s better in the water. The added resistance makes a water aerobics workout amazing for toning your muscles. But the support of the water means it’s easier on your joints, bones and muscles.
Zumba is another popular fitness regime that swept the nation a few years ago. It’s still going strong, but now there are lots of different types of Zumba you can do. One of them is Aqua Zumba, which is like having a dance party in the swimming pool. In a way, it’s similar to water aerobics, but you get to dance along to the latest hits and plenty of music with a Latin flavor. If dancing is your thing, you’ll love an Aqua Zumba class.
Aqua jogging is something you can do as part of a class too. If you’re already a jogger, it’s an awesome way to keep up your fitness routine but take a break from high-impact runs. When you attend a class, you’ll get a floatation belt and water shoes. You don’t run on the ground, but in the water. This watery alternative to jogging gives you a great workout, but it’s much kinder to your joints than running on the hard ground.
Water-based fitness routines are perfect for anyone who has trouble with their joints, but anyone can get involved. They’re ideal for toning your body and helping you lose weight too.