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Julia Roberts Doesn't Just Swim in the Pool

Julia Roberts Doesn't Just Swim in the Pool

Swimming laps is one of my favorite cardio workouts since it gets your heart rate up, burns calories (236 per 30 minutes), and strengthens your muscles. It puts less pressure on your joints too, so it's a great alternative to running or biking.

Laps aren't the only thing you can use a pool for, though. According to InStyle, actress Julia Roberts got in shape for her new movie Duplicity by using the pool in different ways. Her trainer Kathy Kaehler had Julia doing a mix of running, cross-country ski movements, and arm exercises while in deep water. Kathy says, "Swimming and water exercises are great ways to build up endurance and stay fit."

So after warming up with a few laps, put on a flotation belt such as the Aqua Jogger ($51) or a Hydro-Tone Belt ($50). Do intervals, alternating between running moderately for one minute, and sprinting for one minute. Then do other types of movements in the water that mimic riding a bicycle, cross-country skiing, jumping rope, or jumping jacks. The water adds resistance to your body, so regular movements will challenge your muscles more effectively.


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graylen graylen 7 years
Every older person I know swears by working out in the pool. It's kept my grandparents in shape and out of rehab for years.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
Yes! This is more difficult than it sounds but absolutely wonderful. It breaks up the monotony and keeps you motivated.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
I had a friend who took me to a deep water aerobics class a few years ago. I kinda scoffed at her because I thought, how hard could it be? WOW. It was the HARDEST workout I have ever had. Even harder than Spinning. It was awesome!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I'm all about the pool.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'd love to try Aqua-jogging...it sounds like a good way to exercise in the water without actually swimming. I sometimes go in the lake and wade in until the water's up to my waist and run across the bottom of the lake, back and forth until I'm tired. It REALLY works your legs without putting as much stress on your joints. Plus, I'm a lousy swimmer, so it's perfect for me.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
Anything swimming-related sounds fun!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
my grandmother did lots of pool exercise after she had rotator cuff surgery several years ago, and she was able to rehab her shoulder and maintain good muscle mass without putting too much strain on. she raved about it.
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