Advanced Pool Exercises with a Kickboard

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Once you have mastered the walking exercises, you can add speed and use equipment to give you more resistance through the water. Today I am going to show you some pool jogging exercises with a kickboard. Put the kickboard halfway into the water to start off.

The first exercise is jogging forward. As you are jogging, push and pull the kickboard in front of you. The faster you push and the faster you jog, the more resistance you will get, making it harder. Then turn around and go backwards. Continue to push and pull the kickboard as you are jogging backwards. Finally, put your arm straight out to the side. Put the kickboard in front of your arm, and try to keep your body facing forward. Jog forward, and try not to let the resistance of the kickboard twist or turn your body. Switch sides coming back. This is a great core workout.

Always use CAUTION with Exercising in a Pool:

If you can't swim, don't do these exercises unless there is a certified lifeguard on duty. Working out in a pool can be very deceiving. Many times you will feel great while in the pool because gravity is taken away. It feels easy and you want to do a lot, but always start at a baseline. If you have not performed aquatic exercises before, you have to let your body adapt to it no matter what your fitness level. Pool workouts should only start at about 40 minutes, and you shouldn't be in the pool longer than an hour especially if it is a heated pool. Don't let the water fool you.

 


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