Heading down to your local community pool or outdoors for a relaxing swim is an activity that many look forward to. Swimming is a fabulous low-impact cardiovascular workout that definitely will strengthen and tone your entire body – upper body, lower body & core! Most of us probably learned how to swim when we were younger and yet, most adults find it an incredibly challenging activity. But if your body isn’t conditioned for swimming, your shoulders and low back may take a beating. Here are a few exercises you can try to help prepare your body for swimming.
Anterior and Posterior Arm Lifts:
Lie on a bench holding light handweights (2-5 pounds). Keeping your abdominals contracted and your chest slightly lifted, slowly raise the weights forward until they are horizontal with your body. Then return to the starting position and press weights backwards. Keep your arms only slightly bent during the entire range of motion so the motion comes from the shoulder joint not the elbow. Repeat 8-20 times.