Gymnastics in the pool
Have you noticed that by the middle of winter, it became more difficult to make yourself get up for morning exercises, and nightly jogs often have to be cancelled because of the frost and snow? Then it’s time to think about buying a membership in a… pool! Water makes miracles to our body:
If you are a good swimmer and feel like a fish in water, you may limit your workouts simply to swimming, after having a prior consultation with the instructor. He will explain:
If you want strengthen your muscles and obtain a beautiful body and lose weight, water workouts in the pool will have to be done on a regular basis – at least three times a week. Optimum load is to swim non-stop for forty minutes, during which you should pass the distance of about a thousand meters.
Ideally, the swimming style should be changed every 100 meters, because each of them gives a load on certain muscles.
Take a few lessons in swimming and master crawl – it is the most energy-intensive style, and it is perfect for those, who want to tighten the muscles of the arms and legs.
And if you do not swim?
If you are not quite a good swimmer, but what to get the most and from the pool, do not despair. There does exist an option for you – aqua-gymnastics, i.e. gymnastics in water. It has almost miraculous properties:
improves the overall tone of the body,
strengthens resistance to colds,
helps improve the body,
helps to lose weight,
All these effects are due to the fact that even the simplest movement requires much more effort and energy in water, than on land.
What you can do in the pool without an instructor?
Perform the most simple set of exercises, putting maximum effort. Main stand for those, who are not afraid of water – on the shoulders level.
And for those who does not know how to swim – exercises in shallow water:
What makes it so cool?
Aqua-gymnastics is not only pleasant, but also effective – all these thanks to water.
Firstly, fitness in the water is the safest sport: it is almost impossible to hurt yourself of get an injury here.
Secondly, through the buoyant force, water reduces the load on the joints, making the water workouts are extremely beneficial for people with excessive weight, pregnant women and athletes recovering from injuries.
Thirdly, the additional resistance of the medium in the pool contributes to the mild increase in the load on the muscles, developing their strength and endurance, the toning of the entire organism.
The impact of the water environment promotes high consumption of energy and trains greatly the cardiovascular system: the more active the motion, the higher the water resistance and the effectiveness of the exercise.
And, fourthly, the hydrostatic pressure has a massaging effect that helps reduce muscle pain after strength trainings. This improves blood circulation, relaxes muscles, reduces heart rate, improves the function of the kidneys, and decreases the amount of fluid in the body.