Swap out your typical workout for a pool day! The water is a great place for exercise because it’s fun and a great way to burn fat, strengthen muscles, and aid joint recovery.
1. Water Planks
Grab your pool noodle and work on your core! Start with your feet on the floor and hold your pool noodle horizontally in both hands, with a firm grip. Push the noodle down into the water so that your body is at a slight incline, and try to hold yourself steady for 1-2 minutes. You should feel the burn in your abdominals!
2. Shuffle Slides
While it may seem simple, side shuffling through the water is a great way to tone your thighs. All you have to do is smoothly shuffle from one side of the pool to the other, keeping your movements continuous and consistent! This exercise will target both your inner and outer thighs, giving your legs a killer workout!
This exercise will make sure you feel the burn! Lean your back against the side of the pool, stretch out your arms – along the ledge, with your palms down for stability. Bring your knees up towards your chest and begin rotating your legs in forward, circular motions as if you are pedaling a bike. Continue this motion for 30 seconds and repeat it three times. This movement works your core muscles and your legs!
4. Deck Dips
Don’t move! You’ll need to stay by the side of the pool for the following two exercises too. This time rest your palms on the ledge behind you with your fingertips facing forward, gripping the edge. Then bend your knee, either one, so that one of your feet is flat against the wall of the pool. Straighten your arms to raise your body out of the water; and then bring yourself back down. Do ten reps for each leg and repeat three times!
Lean your back against the side of the pool and extend both of your arms along the edge. Put your legs firmly together, like a “mermaid tail,” so that your body is in the shape of a “T,” and then lift and lower your legs slowly. This exercise will target all of your leg muscles at once!
Check our pool hours at Hidden Creek AquaPark.