(KUTV) Swimming is a great way to stay active and cool during the hot summer months, but what are people supposed to do if they aren't very good swimmers? Well, Jeffrey Beck, exercise specialist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, has a good place for you to start.
Beck recommends that you complete the following dry land swimming routine at home a few times per week to help burn calories and increase strength to help you improve your pool performance, regardless of whether you are a seasoned swimmer or not.
1) The Swimmer: Lie face down with your arms straight above your head. Raise your head up so you are looking forward. Simultaneously lift your left hand and your right leg together, lower them down and then lift your right hand and left leg together. The motion should look as though you are swimming on dry land. Continue alternating each side quickly for 30 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Complete 3 sets.
2) Upper Body Resistance Pull: Grab both ends of a resistance band and hinge forward at the hips. Straighten your arms so they are above your head. Now, bend your elbows, keeping them flared out to the sides, while pulling the band toward your chest. Once your hands reach your forehead, return to starting position. Complete 3 sets of 10-15 reps.
3) Seated Jumps: From a seated position, lift your right foot off the floor. In one swift motion, jump up off the chair using only your left leg and into the air. Gently land with your left leg and return to the seated position. Complete 5 reps and then switch legs. Do 3 sets of 10 reps total.