Ever wonder how to keep your daily exercise routine going in the middle of the summer? You could go on a very early morning walk to beat the heat of the day. You could go out late at night when the temperature has cooled down a little bit. You could even join a gym with sub zero air conditioning. If you have a pool, or are vacationing at The Favorite Sun you could jump in the pool and do some pool exercises. No impact, you can burn more fat, better balance, agility and endurance are just some of the benefits you will receive when doing pool exercises. The one I like the best is, working out in the water doesn’t really feel like much work. There are a few things you need to know before starting your pool exercises. Make sure you drink a lot of water. Event though you are exercising in the pool you can still dehydrate. Don’t go in to deep. If your feet have contact with the bottom of the pool your leg muscles will be able to support some of your weight. Purchase a pair of webbed water gloves to help with water resistance. Amazon sells them and they are inexpensive. One of the most important thing when you are doing your pool exercises is to wear sunscreen. There are a lot of different pool exercises you can do. Here are a few to get you started. If you need more, check out The Favorite Sun’s pinterest board called, Pool Exercises.
If you can do a plank on land you can easily do one in the pool. Although pool planks are much easier then land planks they are just as effective. Stand on the pool floor and hold a pool noodle vertically in both hands. Press the noodle straight down into the water and lean forward until your body is on an even incline while keeping your head out of the water. Try to keep yourself stable for 1 to 2 minutes. Your abs will thank you later.
One Leg Balance
This one will help strengthen your leg and core muscles. These muscle groups are responsible for your balance. First stand up in waist high water, lift your left knee up and place the middle of the noodle under your left foot. The noodle sides will float up into a U shape. Keep your hands by your sides and balance with the left foot on the noodle for one minute. Then move your left knee out to the side and balance for another minute. Switch legs and repeat with the right knee. Start out with three sets on both legs and work your way up.
Fly backs work the muscles in your upper chest, back and arms. They also will help you improve your posture. Start in a lunge position with your right knee bent and your left leg extended straight behind you in the pool. Reach your arms straight out in front of you at chest height, palms touching, fingers extended and thumbs up. Open your arms straight out to the sides in the water, then return them to the starting position to complete one rep. Do four sets of 8 – 12 reps while walking or jogging across the pool.
One of the easiest and most effective pool exercises. You can actually burn 17 calories per minute, more than on land. Start jogging for 1 – 3 minute intervals in waist high water. You can even alternate between other pool exercises
So, jump right in and start your pool exercises routine. If you already do pool exercises let us know what ones are your favorites.