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Don’t let soaring temperatures keep you from working out this summer; hit the pool! So much emphasis is placed on getting kids summer swimming lessons, we often overlook the benefits of swimming and water fitness for adults, and that’s a shame. Swimming is an ideal cardio workout that can strengthen your entire body. It’s also idea for people recovering from injuries or with a host of issues including chronic pain, diabetes, or arthritic joints. The average person can burn up to 700 calories per hour swimming fast. And unlike the other high-impact sports, swimming is truly something you can do for life.
If you own a pool or have access to a community pool, or even better a swimmable lake or the ocean –take advantage of it to start swimming laps. Here are a few pointers:
If you’re an athlete who wants to mix up their swimming with online high-intensity workout, there are options for you, too. Dan Daly a coach at the Equinox health club in New York City’s Columbus Circle location, is co-creator of a 20-minute pool workout that combines dry-land and pool workouts, with the water-based boot camp “designed to be both high intensity and low-impact.” Daly says his workout is designed for competitive swimmers, triathletes and fitness buffs looking to diversify their training.
And if swimming laps isn’t your preference, water aerobics are no longer reserved for seniors wielding pool noodles. Athletes, especially injured ones trying to get back into shape, are tapping into water cardio workouts such as this one from Livestrong, which will get anyone’s heart racing. It includes scissor-kicks to, jumping jacks and treading water. Deep Water Running, also called aqua jogging, is another great way to stay in shape, and ideal for injured runners or runners trying to prevent injuries. And if you don’t know how to swim, there are countless adult-swim classes available at rec centers across the country to get you started. So next time you take your kids to the community pool or beach and want to hit the recliner with a book, figure out how to get a workout in for yourself, too. You’ll be glad you did.