If you’re the kind of person that would stay in the pool all summer long, but you still want to get a good workout in while you’re relaxing (multitasking, anyone?), then this article is for you. Here is a list of some pool exercises for this summer that will feel really easy, but which will definitely burn off that stubborn fat.
5 Pool Exercises You Need To Try
This pool exercise works your whole body: arms, abs, butt and legs! To do this get into the deep end of the pool and keep your body as straight as you can. You will do this bymaking small circles with your arms. Both legs should be straight and your toes should be pointing down (but not touching the floor, so it’s important to make sure you’re in the deep end to get the full benefits of this pool exercise). Bring your left leg up until you reach your waist level, while keeping it straight, and hold for a few seconds (5-8 econds should be enough). Then quickly bring it down, and lift the right leg up this time, for another 5-8 seconds. Alternate this movement back and forth for a really effective workout.
Many pool exercises are both demandingand entertaining- and this is no exception. For this, you’ll just climb the pool like Spiderman would climb a building. You don’t need to hold on to anything- just stabilize your upper body as you stand by the side, in water, then quickly climb the side of the pool with your feet. Then return to the initial position, standing on the floor, and continue this movement about 5 times in a row.
3. Water Running
This pool exercise is probably just what you are imagining. Except that unlike pavement running where you goforward really fast catching bad guys in your mind, this pool exercise will have you catching your breath. You can either run in place by lifting your knees one by one very quickly, or to make it more effective you can try to walk (or run, if you can) as fast as you can in water- like normal jogging, but slower, and wetter.
This is one of those pool exercises that is easier done in water than it is on land. All you have to do it float with your back against the pool wall, holding on or leaning on the pool side with your elbows, and with your legs in front of you make movements as if you were riding an underwater bicycle (oooh that would be nice!). It won’t feel like it’s difficult, but keep in mind it activates some of the largest muscles in your body (quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes) so it’s bound to be a great calorie burner. And here’s a small tip: you can rest your elbows on a pool noodle if you don’t want to use the pool edge or don’t have one to use.
5. Flutter Kick
You don’t need any equipment for this simple pool exercise- it’s almost like kids play, but it gives you a good workout apart from all the giggles you’re bound to let out. Hold on to the side of the pool, belly-down, and flutter your legs as fast as you can. Yes, I know, it will be soooo tempting tosplash- but remember that if your legs are under the water the resistance is higher, so you’ll get a much better workout.
Here are some water exercises for thinner thighs. Do you have any favourite pool exercises? Don’t be shy and share them with us in the comments below- we’d love to see your workout ideas!