It’s often the best way to beat the heat in the summer, but pools can also be great places to fit in low impact exercise and activity. Swimming has been shown to have positive impacts on physical, psychological and social health. Take a look at this month’s tips for wading gently into water workouts.
Week 1: Find your nearest outdoor pool
Did you know that Metro Vancouver boasts nearly 30 outdoor pools? Click on the map link to find the pool closest to your neighborhood, and to discover the unique features that each pool has to offer.
Week 2: Go for a slide
Not interested in swimming laps? You can still reap cardio and strength benefits on water slides. Check out the newly-renovated Big Splash Water Slide Park (formerly Splashdown Waterslides) in Tsawwassen.
Week 3: Try a water fitness class
Water fitness has come a long way from more traditional “aquacise” classes. UBC’s new Aquatic Centre is offering seven different water fitness classes this summer, including River Walking, Water Play (for children and families) and Aqua Zumba. Alternately, check out this instructional video which provides a how-to guide for water aerobics.
Week 4: Stay on top of it
If being in the water is not your thing, there are plenty of ways to stay active on the water instead. Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and sailing are all great ways to stay fit and learn new skills.
Have fun exploring what the water has to offer your overall health this summer. Want more fitness tips and inspiration? Visit our Fitting in Fitness page.