As you find yourself in the midst of some of the hottest dog days of summer ever (literally!), you may find it hard to get up and moving to get a workout in. So why not have a little fun with your workout this summer and cool off at the same time?
Today we’re going to start off at the pool, so grab your noodle and some goggles and let’s get swimmin’!
Aquatic exercises are not only a great way to burn fat, they’re healing too. They’ve been shown to ease symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia. And since the water supports some of your weight, your water workouts are easier on your joints, reducing your risk for injury.
Alright, you’re in the pool. Now, what?
At the Wall
Using the wall is a great way to get started with your workout. You can do any of these exercises using the wall:
Bicycle- rest your elbows on the edge of the pool to lift yourself up and do bicycle kicks with your legs.
Flutter Kicks- hold onto the edge of the pool and quickly kick your legs behind you. Pro-tip: work on keeping your legs under water, moving them faster, not higher.
Scissor Kicks- lay back on the edge of the pool, open your legs like a V, then bring them together quickly with one ankle on top of the other. Repeat with the other ankle on top. Pro-tip: point your toes to help engage your butt and quads more.
Pushups- facing the wall, push yourself up and out of the water until your arms are fully extended. Remember to keep your elbows close to your sides to work your triceps!
With a Noodle
Those foam noodles aren’t just a simple way to keep the kids occupied at the pool, they’re also effective workout props:
Noodle Bicycle- just like before, but you’re using your noodle as your bike!
Noodle Crunch- line up the noodle under your shoulders to help you float, and pull in your core and legs to crunch those abs.
Noodle Plank- hold the noodle in front of you and push down until your body is in a straight line (plank position). Make sure your toes stay on the bottom!
Noodle Flyback- get back in bicycle position, except this time, sweep your arms forward and back around to move backwards across the pool.
In “Open” Water
Ready to ditch your props? Give these exercises a try:
Frog Jump- start with your heels together and knees bent outward (plie position) and jump as high as you can out of the water, returning to the same plie position. The deeper you are in the water, the harder your quads and booty will have to work.
Cross Knees to Elbows- from standing, bring one elbow across your body to meet the opposite knee, hold, then switch sides.
Cross Country Skiing- jump your legs forward and back, as though you were skiing, while moving your arms in the opposite direction.
Otter Roll- hold a beach ball to your chest and lay on top of it so you’re facing the water. Spin around one side until you’re back to the top. Repeat on the other side.
Want to find a water aerobics class near you this summer? Check out HealingRadius to find a pool near you today!
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.