Swimming is a great exercise for training and keeping fit, but it is possible to get more out of what you do in the pool. Used by Olympic swimmers, aqua mits benefit from being inexpensive, easy to fit in a gym bag and most importantly, being simple to use. Here are some of the different ways you can use aqua mits.
Water Walking With Aqua Mits
Aquatic exercise is great because the water means there is less strain on joints. This exercise can even be done by those who are less comfortable swimming.
In waist high water simply walk across the pool swinging your arms, just like you would do on land. Posture is important when water walking, so make sure your back is straight and your feet are flat. It is also important to avoid walking on tip toes, as this can put extra pressure on your feet. If you feel you cannot get a good grip on the pool surface when pool walking, investing in a pair of pool shoes will improve this.
Resistance Exercises With Aqua Mits
Aqua mits can also be used for resistance exercise allowing you to strengthen your biceps and triceps. Wearing your aqua mits in waist high water, keep your arms down with your palms facing forwards and your elbows close to your body. Raise your forearms to the level of the water, keeping your elbows close to your body and your wrists straight. Once in this position push your arms down, so they are straight, and back in the start position. Repeat this 12 to 15 times or until you feel fatigued.
You can also include other exercises into your routine, using water weights like the Beco Aquatic Fitness Aid shown above. To strengthen your legs, hook the weight securely around you’re foot or water shoe. Stand with your back to the side of the pool in waist high water, placing your arms on the edge of the pool to provide stability. Straighten your leg in front of you, then flex your knee into a 90 degree angle so the sole of your foot is facing the pool floor. Once in this position straighten the leg back to the start position, and repeat 12 to 15 times or until fatigued, then repeat on the other leg.
Swimming With Aqua Mits
Swimming any type of stroke while wearing aqua mits, increases your propulsion, and also the demand placed on your muscles. This makes swimming, while wearing aqua mits an effective upper body exercise. The greater surface area provided by the mits, means that you need to pull your arms through the water, using more force than normal. This has two major benefits: first of all, wearing the aqua mits you'll burn more calories during your swim. The second benefit is, it will allow you to be faster when swimming normally.
On a final note, remember to always drink plenty of water when exercising, to stay hydrated.
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