Best Cardio Exercises for the Pool

If you have an above ground lap pool, you’re lucky enough to have all of the benefits of the gym/pool without even leaving your home. Plus, it’s the perfect way to burn calories and fat and get yourself in shape during bathing suit season! Here are some of our favorite ways to get your heart rate up with cardio exercises for your Fitmax iPool:

  1. Tread water: It’s one of the first things you cover when learning the basics of swimming, but it can actually be one of the best water workouts out there. Simply cycle your legs in the water while moving your arms back and forth in figure eight motions in front of you. Do this for 30 seconds at a time and you’ll get that heart rate up in no time!
  1. Water sprint: Running on the ground is great, but the resistance from the water makes pool running an even better workout. Move your arms above the water to add an extra cardio element to your workout.
  1. Ski jumps: To try this exercise, simply jump from left to right, as if you were a skier skiing through moguls. Remember to lift your knees as high as you can while you jump, and bend them when you land. Doing this exercise in the water adds extra resistance, but it is also great for joint therapy, because it is easy on your knees.
  1. Punching bag: Imagine you have a boxer’s speed bag under water, and punch it in circular motions as fast as you can. To make this workout even more challenging, tread water with your legs at the same time. It takes a bit of practice to get the hang of it, but it will pay off by burning a lot of calories in a short period of time.
  1. Laps: This may sound like the most obvious cardio for the pool, but that’s because it’s a tried and true method for getting your heart rate up and burning calories. And if you have an affordable therapy pool like the Fitmax iPool, all you have to do is attach the harness to your waist, and you can swim laps easily for as long as you want.

These are merely just a few cardio exercises you can perform in an iPool; get creative and think of some inventive ways to get that heart rate up and your body into shape! It doesn’t have to be intensive – start small and work your way up. Remember, a little exercise a day is better than none at all!