Beat the Heat While Getting Fit This Summer
Beat the Heat While Getting Fit This SummerPosted by Korman Res | Beat the Heat While Getting Fit This Summer
Even if you didn’t drop that extra ten pounds in time for bikini season, there’s no reason why you can’t do so during bikini season! Pool exercises are a great way to switch up your workout routine or begin a new one. They provide resistance, yet are low-impact, so they are perfect for couch potatoes and athletes alike. Not only can you work on your tan while you exercise, but you also don’t have to sweat! Aquatic exercise requires little to no equipment (except for a bathing suit!), and it’s a great way to utilize your community pool and meet new people.
Here are some great pool exercises to try this summer. Try performing all of these exercises in a circuit on non-consecutive days, and you’ll be bikini-ready in no time!
1. Fly Backs (no equipment required)
Begin in a lunge position in shoulder-deep water. Extend your arms straight out in front of you at chest height, with your palms touching and fingers extended. Open your arms straight out to your sides, then return them to the starting position to complete one rep. Do four sets of 10 reps, switching your forward leg each time you lunge. This is a great upper-body workout.
2. Cardio Core Ball Running (equipment required: small to medium-sized beach ball)
Tuck the beach ball under your right arm at waist height. Keeping both shoulders facing forward, run across the pool as fast as you can for one minute. Tuck the ball under your left arm and run for one more minute. Repeat four times, running as fast as you can and making sure that your shoulders do not twist toward the ball. This is a great cardio/core workout.
3. Pike Scull (no equipment required)
In the shallow end of the pool, sit back into the water while treading with your hands by your sides. Lift both legs together so that you are folding at the hips like a jackknife and your body forms a wide “v” shape. Only your head and the tips of your toes should be above the water. Maintaining your “v” position, move your cupped hands in small circles by your hips to move yourself forward down the length of the pool for 30 seconds. Rest for one minute and repeat. This is a great workout for your abs, hips and arms.
4. Otter Roll (equipment required: medium beach ball)
Holding a beach ball to your chest, float on your back with your legs out straight and your feet together. Roll toward your left and over the top of the ball (like an otter turning over in the water), using all of your muscles to turn completely over and end up floating on your back again. Take a breath and complete a roll on your right side. Continue for 30 seconds, alternating the direction of your roll each time. Rest for one minute and repeat for another 30 seconds. This is a great workout for your back, abs, glutes and legs.
5. Wave Maker (no equipment required)
Facing the pool wall in chest-deep water, hold onto the edge of the pool with your left hand and place your right palm, fingers pointing down, against the wall below the water line for stability. Extend your legs behind you at the water level with your knees and feet together, then kick your legs in unison like a dolphin. Kick as hard and as fast as you can for 30 seconds. Rest and repeat for another 30 seconds. This is a great workout for your back, abs, glutes and legs.