I love working out in a cold swimming pool. Of course, as spring warms up and summer starts, the pool heats up, but I enjoy it the best when it’s about 60 degrees!! Why I love swimming in the Pacific Ocean. It is always cold…. but I have learned to love swimming even in warmer water.
Using your pool as a gym is fun and gives you a break from your usual workout. I usually start with loud music. My favs are Runaround by Blues Traveler, a bunch of salsa music by Cacheo and others, Talking in your Sleep by The Romantics, and the soundtrack to Blues Brothers!
Start by running in place in water over your head so you have to tread water. It takes forever to get across a pool when you are trying to run and tread water at the same time.
If you’re scared of going under, every pool store has a pool belt you can use to stay upright. All my fat does a great job off keeping me upright!
Next I use water weights (also available in pool stores) and do a bunch of arm exercises including dumbbell flys, bicep curls, and tricep extensions. Then back to running/treading water back and forth.
Usually by this time I am warmed up so I start dancing to the music with lots of fancy footwork and high kicks, either with feet right at the pool bottom, or treading water at the same time (a great exercise in coordination)!
I finish by sitting on the middle step in the pool and doing situps, and pushups, sort of half vertical, with feet on pool bottom and hands on top step!
Next, stretching! You can do a lovely Tree Pose in the pool because the water supports you. I also use the side of the pool to do the splits and a bunch of ballerina stretches, using the side of the pool as a ballet barre.
It makes a great workout and you can actually do the resistance stretching made popular by Dana Torres, and get a much better extension.