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Get Fit in Your Backyard Pool

There are many exercises to get fit in your backyard pool. Here, we explore exercising in the pool. So, if you have a pool, fantastic, let’s get started!

How To Get Fit in Your Backyard and in Your Swimming Pool

Backyard swimming pools provide incredible enjoyment and excitement for adults and kids during warmer months. But did you know that the huge puddle of fun in your backyard can be used for fitness? It can, and swimming laps are not the only thing you can do.

Knowing what you’re doing might make your pool your new favorite exercise equipment.

Not only is using your backyard pool to exercise convenient, but it also makes much sense health-wise. In fact, exercising in a swimming pool can …

  • Make your workouts easier on joints and lessen the likelihood of injury because of the lower strain on your body and limbs (this is especially true if you’re a newbie to fitness).
  • Make your exercise movements more deliberate and controlled, resulting in better balance, agility and endurance and even burning more calories in a shorter amount of time when compared to non-pool exercises.
  • Make chronic conditions less of an obstacle, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and arthritis.

Here are some traditional swimming pool exercise options to get fit in your backyard pool


Any exercise always begins with stretching, as being in the swimming pool is no different. Make your workout complete from beginning to end.

  • Start by stretching with arms up straight up or bent with hands by your ears, and twist to the right and left and repeat.
  • Bring your arms down by your sides, slide your right arm down your right leg, and stretch; repeat to the other side.
  • Bring your one knew to your chest and pull it in as much as possible; repeat with the other leg.
  • Bend your knee and bring your one foot up behind you touching your heel to your butt; repeat the other leg.

So, simply stretch. Add a noodle and a couple of pool weights, and you are ready to begin.


This is a great, low-impact exercise that can be done in any water depth. Start by walking back and forth across the pool at a comfortable pace. If you want more of a challenge, try moving side to side or even in circles. Just be sure to keep your movements slow and controlled.


Another low-impact option, jogging is perfect for those who want a bit more of a cardio workout than walking alone provides. Start slow and build up your speed as you become more comfortable with the movement. Stay hydrated and take breaks as needed – this isn’t a race!


Looking to tone your legs and butt? Pool squats are for you! Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and slowly lowering yourself into a squatting position. Keep your back straight and knees aligned with your toes as you go down. Push up through your heels as you stand back up.


Lunges are great for toning the legs, glutes and core. Start by standing in shallow water and stepping forward with one foot while keeping your torso upright. Bend both knees until they’re at 90-degree angles, then push off with the front foot to return to the standing position. Alternate sides and repeat.


Working on upper body strength? Try pool push-ups! Begin in shallow water by placing your hands on the pool’s edge, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, and lower yourself until your chest touches the water’s surface. Press up through your arms to return to starting position and repeat for the desired number of reps.

Toe Raises

Last but not less important but easy to do are toe raises. Stand at the pool’s edge, go up and down on your toes and feet together, then opt for one foot at a time. While raising on one foot extend the other straight forward or keep it straight down and bend it up at the knee.

So, Let’s Get To It and Get Fit in Your Backyard Now

Swimming exercises are a great way to get in shape, and doing them in the pool is even better! Pool exercises give you a chance to switch up your routine and take advantage of the resistance that water provides. Whether you’re looking for an aerobic workout or something more intense, there’s sure to be a pool exercise suitable for you. So dive in head first and start reaping the benefits of exercising in your pool today!

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