Workout Wednesday: Pool workout health benefits

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BATON ROUGE, LA (BR-PROUD) – As weather heats up in Louisiana, now is a great time to hit the pool. In this weeks workout Wednesday learn multiple benefits of swimming and how you can do it safety during phase 2 of reopening.

Pool workouts are very popular during the hot, summer months.

“It’s the fourth most popular work out right now. It’s non-weight bearing and you can do it the rest of your life if you choose to. It’s something for all age groups.”

YMCA Operations Director Laura O’Brien says pool workouts have multiple benefits.

“Being in the pool allows you to work multiple muscle groups at one time. You can push and pull compared to strength training exercises were you really just work one muscle group.

Pool workouts can also help strengthen your lungs and your heart.

“Because you hold your breath underwater and for long periods of time it allows you to build strength in your lungs and allows you to hold your breath a little bit longer. That strength can actually help you down the road overcome some of these respiratory diseases. It also increases your heart function and increases your oxygen consumption,” O’Brien said.

Not only is the pool good for your physical health, it’s also very beneficial for your mental health.

“You’re by yourself most of the time, you’re underwater, you can just hear the bubbles around you. You can hear it now, the water behind us splashing and some birds, it’s really good for the mind and the soul,” O’Brien said.

If you’re training for something specific or have specific injuries the pool, again, is a great option.

“If you’re a runner it’s a great way to get in there with some flotation devices and just deep water run. Make those movements intentional and it really helps with joints and gives you a different variety in your work out. Anyone with arthritic issues or joint problems, as soon as you step in the water you’re almost weightless. So separation of those joint on joint movements helps you do a lot of things that you can’t do out of the water.”

If you want to try a pool workout be sure to reserve your lane early.

“From now until phase two opens you do have to call your location for a reservation. We take reservations every hour, one person per lane and no children allowed in the pool right now. We have our member safety in mind and we’re doing the best we can,” O’Brien said.

Swim lessons and other pool activities are offered through the YMCA. To learn more about the pool and classes available visit


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