5 Simple Pool Fitness Routines
A pool can be a great tool to use to get some exercise and stay toned. So, when you are at the pool try these fast and fun pool exercises to stay fit!
Water Marching – First, start off by standing up straight with good posture and then begin walking through the water. March with continuous strides extending arms and legs as far as they can go. If your pool stays the same depth all the way through you can use the entire length otherwise use the length of the shallow end. Start with a goal of doing it for two minutes or until slightly breathless.
Jumping Jacks – Your fitness level will be greatly affected by this exercise; so if you are a beginner don’t get discouraged at first if you have trouble doing it. Start with your feet together and standing straight up with arms relaxed by your side. Bend your knees slightly and then proceed to push up off the ground as high as you can. As you jump up, kick your legs out to the side while pointing the toes downward and arms coming up above your head making a star shape. Once you land then immediately jump back up and bring your legs and arms back to your side in the starting position. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
Arm Toning – There are a few ways to tone your arms in the pool. The first way is to come up to be in the pool facing the ledge with your arms and feet shoulder with apart. Once you have a solid base push away from the wall, extending your arms to a soft bend in the elbows. Repeat 10 to 15 times. Another arm toning exercise is to grab a small ball and stand in the water upright with your arms extended in front of you. Breathe and begin to move the ball in the water in a figure eight pattern doing rhythmically and maintaining good posture. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
Waist Trimmer – With your back against the poolside and your arms on the edge for support bring your knees to your chest. Breathe in and then extend legs out in front of you. Once you have done that move them to the left and then to the right before coming back to the center. Exhale and bring the knees back to your chest. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
Squats – Stand upright with your feet apart. Inhale, and then proceed to squat down into the water like siting onto a step. Once you reach a squatting position, exhale and proceed back to upright position. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
Next time you’re in a pool, use these five fun and fast fitness exercises to burn some calories and stay toned.
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