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Swimming is great exercise, but so is pool-lates, water aerobics, and other activities you can incorporate into your exercise regimen.
You Will Need
- Pilates knowledge
- Water shoes
Study the Pilates method
Study the Pilates method to learn the core principles of centering, control, precision, fluidity, breathing and concentration. You may also wish to take a standard Pilates class before moving into the water.
Equip yourself with a VersaTube and a small kickboard. The VersaTube will help increase the natural resistance of the water and the kickboard will help with balance as you execute each exercise.
Wear a comfortable bathing suit that allows for free movement and don some water shoes for better grip and balance in the water. Start in shallow water if you're a beginner and progress to deeper water as your skill level increases.
Focus on breathing
Concentrate on your breathing as you work out. Inhale when engaging the muscles and exhale upon release. Stare straight ahead and pick a single spot to stay focused as you workout.
Modify other moves
Try modifying other pilates moves for the water. With practice and effort your flexibility, coordination, and strength will improve.