Equipment: Use flotation belt, noodle, water exercise vest, or cuffs.
Starting Position: Move to water deep enough to bring your feet off the pool bottom. Bring your feet down so that your legs point straight downward.
1. Bring your right knee forward and up. Extend your leg way out in front of you as if you were hiking up a steep incline. At the same time, press all the way back with your left leg. Simultaneously pump your arms, with your hands palms first against the water, in opposition to the movement of your legs.
2. Switch legs and repeat, alternating legs, and arms, while crossing the pool.
3. Work up to 16 repetitions.
Safety Tip: Maintain firmly contracted abdominal and buttocks muscles and somewhat vertical torso position to protect your lower back.