We say it often, and it's true: you can have a great workout just about anywhere. But if you've got a pool (or other body of water) at your disposal, as some of us do at this time of year, well, your workout options - and their fun factor - just multiplied. Water workouts are NOT just for the senior set - anyone can reap serious benefits. Here's how.
A water workout reduces the impact of your movements, making movements easier on your joints than they would be on dry land. At the same time, it provides added resistance when you move (think lifting and pushing the water). It also keeps you cool, which is especially beneficial in the summer, and it's simply kind of fun to splash around every now and then.
Here's a basic water workout for you to try. But get creative because anything goes - try modifying movements you do on land with a focus on using the resistance of the water.
Do each for 30 seconds, and move on to the next. Repeat five times, for a great workout in only about 10 to 15 minutes.
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 18 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!