Fun Options for Aquatic Exercise

June 5, 2012 at 10:58 am | Posted in Fitness, tips | Leave a comment
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Aquatic exercise is an excellent low impact way of strengthening and toning your muscles while burning calories. Working out in water is also a lot of fun, and a variety of different routines can keep you motivated and enjoying yourself so you won’t dread the daily workout. Here are some fun options for aquatic exercise.

1. When You Have No Equipment

You can still work out in the pool when you don’t have any equipment handy. Try stretching your arms out until you are in a T shape. Keeping your arms straight, sweep your arms forward as rapidly as you can to clap your hands. Then, return to the T shape and repeat. Alternatively, form the T shape, try bringing your arms down to your thighs and up again, like you are flapping your wings. The water will add resistance to these exercises and work your arms and back.

You can also try The Wave Maker. Place your hands on the edge of the pool to steady yourself, then, with your feet together, kick like a mermaid as fast as you can for 60 seconds. Use your hands to keep yourself away from the wall. This works your abdominal muscles and your lower body.

2. When You Have a Water Noodle

Water noodles are cheap and widely available. Adding one to your workout will help to increase the number of exercises you can perform. One of the simplest is to hold the noodle with one hand on either end, and place your foot in the middle. Stomp your foot down as quickly as you can through the water and continue stomping for 60 seconds. Then switch to the other foot. This is excellent for toning your legs.

Hold a noodle to your chest, in chest deep water, with your hands centered and close together. Push the middle of the noodle down into the water as far as you can, keeping your back straight. Bring it back up slowly and repeat. The buoyancy of the noodle means you are working your arms and shoulders on both the downward and upward movement.

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