Forget expensive gym memberships — the best way to get fit this summer is as simple as going outside into your own backyard. A swimming pool is the perfect way to exercise because you can burn fat while staying cool, having fun, and without even leaving your home.

A pool is a great investment because swimming is something you can do every day for exercise. Using your swimming pool as a way to keep fit has a wide range of benefits, including:

• Providing a full-body workout

• Improving your balance and coordination

• Maximising cardiovascular fitness

• Decreased risk of injury due to pool exercise being low impact, making it great for people with arthritis or other joint pain and injuries

• Building lung capacity

• Requiring only minimal equipment, if any

• Other therapeutic benefits

Here are some suggestions for easy activities you can do in your pool to keep fit this summer.

4 easy ways to get fit in your swimming pool

1. Interval training

Swimming in intervals is a great, simple way to burn calories. Do ten laps in freestyle, butterfly, or any stroke at the intensity that suits your swimming ability. Rest for one minute and then repeat.

2. Use water exercise equipment

If you want to do more than swim laps, why not use a kickboard, flippers or other water exercise equipment? There are lots of affordable items you can add to your swim workout routine. A kickboard can help tone your lower half by isolating your leg muscles and giving them a more intense workout. Or use a pool noodle to do tucks and twists that work your abs.

If you really want to maximise your workout, add resistance gloves and aqua dumbbells. Or for aqua jogging, wear water shoes and a floatation belt to increase resistance. Water jogging can burn the same amount of calories as ordinary jogging, but in less time and with far less risk of injury.

3. Play with the kids

If you’re not into high-intensity workouts, you can still use your pool to get fit. Why not play diving games, or install a net and play pool basketball or volleyball with the kids, or with some friends? The options are endless, and you’ll be having so much fun you won’t even realise you’re burning calories.

4. Water aerobics

For a more therapeutic way of losing weight, try water aerobics. By using the natural buoyancy of the water and the resistance it provides, you’ll be in shape in no time. Try on the spot jogging in the shallow end of the pool, waist-deep star jumps or lunges. Add a resistance band for a more intense workout.

Remember to always swim with a friend or family member for safety.

Get fit this summer by installing a swimming pool. Evoke Pools in Northern Rivers have over 40 years’ combined experience installing fibreglass swimming pools to suit your lifestyle.

Contact us on 0439284499 for more information and start your summer fitness plan today.