Exercising in the gym is great, but just add water and your workout reaches a whole new level. The water resistance in the pool makes for an even better workout that is softer on the joints. It’s a win-win!


Here are 10 exercises you can do in the pool to get fit by swimming:


1. Jog

Simply jog in place bringing your knees high up to your chest for 1 minute intervals


2. Tread Water

In deep water, tread using egg beater motions with your legs and sculling with your arms for 1-2 minutes.


3. Squat-Jumps

In waist deep water, start in a sitting position with your legs spread comfortably. Bend at the knees and keeping your back upright. Jump and come back down into the same position, doing 10 repetitions at a time.


4. Knee Twist

In shoulder deep water, cross your right elbow toward left knee at your waist, and alternate sides.


5. Bicycle

Lean with back against side of pool, arms outstretched at edge. “Pedal” legs at surface.


6. Arm Circles

In shoulder deep water, move your arms through the water in circles, alternating directions and size of circle. Combine with a squat for added exercise.


7. Outer Thigh Lift 

Stand next to the side of the pool and hold on with one hand to your side. Lift your leg out beside you, keeping it straight. When you bring it down again don’t let it fall all the way to the ground, hold it next upright and repeat the lift and lowering motions. Do 10-20 reps on each side.


8. Water Plank 

Hold on to a flutter board or noodle while floating on your front and hold the position, making sure to keep your core tight. Hold for as long as you can.  


9. Laps

Swim the basic freestyle, breaststroke, or however you are comfortable for a few laps back and forth.


10. Flutter Kick 

Hold on to edge of pool with your legs out behind you and kick your legs in quick small motions at the surface of the water.


Know any other exercises you can do in the pool? Let us know in the comments!