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When it's hot out, it sure feels good to jump into a cool pool, but it's not just about how great it feels! When you swim or even just horse around in a swimming pool, it's easy to sneak in some extra exercise benefits, since your muscles have to work harder to move in water.

Some cool pool moves you might want to try:

Endless treadmill:
In the deep end (water up to your chest but not over your head) jog in place for three to five minutes without letting your feet touch the bottom of the pool.

Poolside pushups:
In waist-high water, facing away from the center of the pool, grip the side with your hands. Raise yourself up till your arms are almost but not quite straight, keeping a slight bend in your elbow, counting to three. Hold for a count of three and then, again counting to three, lower yourself slowly back to your feet.

Nifty knee lifts:
Standing in chest-deep water, arms paddling by your side, alternate lifting one knee slowly to your chest and then lower it back down. Alternate, one leg after the next.

Other wacky water moves:
Walk on your hands in the shallow end of the pool, play Marco Polo or water tag, dive for treasure, use a kickboard or a noodle, and swimming laps is one of the best workouts around for all-body fitness!