As summer winds down, you’ll most likely want to get in those final days in the pool. Nothing wrong with that! The swimming pool can be an awesome full-body toning workout when done right and, best of all, it feels like play! There’s just something about splashing around in clear, cool water that brings out the kid in all of us. When you can find that mindset, you set yourself up to exercise harder and longer without realizing it.So, it’s time to embrace your inner kid and try a few of these toning exercises for the swimming pool:
- Leg Raises - Position yourself in the deep end so that your feet barely touch or don’t touch the pool bottom. Tread water with your arms by slowly cupping back and forth. Point your toes and raise each leg one at a time. Raise. Lower. Switch legs. Repeat.
- Otter Roll - Grab a beach ball. (The bigger, the more difficult this will be.) Float on your back, holding the beach ball to your chest. Take a breath and drive your shoulder and hip over the ball and into the water. Rotate until you face up again. Repeat, alternating directions.
- Ball Press - Once again, float. This time, you’re face-down instead of on your back. Hold the beach ball above you with arms straight. Slowly press it down against the water in an arc toward your thighs. Then raise it back above your head. You may also do this standing with your head out of the water.
- Pike Sculling - In the shallow end, sit back into the water, lifting your legs while pushing your hips down in a V. Keeping your body folded in a V, tread water with cupped hands. You’ll move forward slowly like a boat. If your hips rise, tighten your abs.
- Mermaid Kicks - Grip the edge of the pool with one hand. Place the other beneath the water with palm flat against the wall. This is your base for stability. Lift your legs together and undulate your body in a wave that travels from your chest down through your feet. When done right, this motion will create waves.
- March - In the shallow end, march in place or across the width of the pool. Lift each leg so that your knee raises toward your chest through the water, then lower it. Repeat, alternating legs.
- Arm Pulls - Does your pool have exit bars? Place your feet flat against the pool wall or in the built-in ladder. With your knees bent, grip the bars and pull yourself up as if you were getting out of the pool. At the top point, lengthen your arms slowly to sit back into the water.
What are you waiting for? Get to the pool and try these seven toning exercises while the weather's still warm!
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