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Posted by: PE | 2003/01/08

Excersises for the swimming pool

Could you please name/explaine a few excersises fit for a swimming pool - kind of water aerobics

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Here is some advice I extracted from a website called www.webhealth.co.uk which I strongly recommend you visit.
This is just a basic outline - but htere were many sub-divisions you could click on for further info. Give it a visit!

Water Aerobics

(from www.webhealth.co.uk)

If you are looking for a good all-round form of aerobic exercise why not try water aerobics. Running, jogging and walking underwater in a pool not only strengthens the leg and hip muscles - the quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteals - but helps to develop cardiorespiratory fitness.

If you are a novice to this form of exercise the key is to take it easy at the start. At first lightly exercise in the shallow end - walking at this stage will be enough. As your confidence improves gradually move to thigh-deep then chest deep water, increasing your speed as you do so. Whilst moving aim to use the water as resistance, landing in a heel-ball-toe action and maintaining an upright stance. Pump your arms as if walking or jogging on land.

Once you have developed a good technique, which is comfortable for you, aim to walk or jog underwater for between 20 to 40 minutes per exercise session.

Water aerobics has an added benefit - it enables you to burn up calories much more efficiently. Compare the following estimates of calorie consumption for a 30 minutes workout.

Land walking 135 calories Deep water walking 264 calories

Jogging on land 240 calories Deep water jogging 340 calories

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