Today could be a record-breaking weather day! I’m talking the hottest day of the summer…could we get to 100 degrees? We might. I know those of you reading from the south are laughing your pants off that I’m excited about 100 since you get there weekly. But remember I live in Central New York. We are the home of crazy blizzard snow storms and record-breaking snow fall in a 24 hour period. Central New Yorker’s
my people for the most part are not equipped to handle heat.
Oh hey 100 degrees at 2pm, can’t wait to see you! I know I’m going to be pooling it all day long. I’m thinking my workout is also going to be poolside today. Water is an excellent place to workout. It’s low impact on your joints and the water offers some added resistance.
In a previous life (ummm high school) I used to lifeguard for an aqua aerobics class. For an hour once a week, I sat and watched people workout in a pool. At that point in my life I had no idea what they were doing. I was a swimmer, pools were for CRAZY amounts of laps. Now every time I get near a pool I try at least one or two of the moves I learned while watching that class.
Want to try some of those moves? Here are some quick ideas for a refreshing pool workout. DRINK lots of WATER before and after these workouts. You won’t notice the sweat in the pool but your body will.
Warm Up: Swim at least a few laps of the pool you are in, this doesn’t need to be an Olympic pool any pool size will work. Get your heart rate up.
Ideas for the Shallow End:
- Jogging in place, the resistance of the water and your body weight can give you a great workout. Water shoes for this type of activity work well. Want to shake it up? Try high knees, or a jumping squat.
- Use the sides of the pool to work on your arms. Push ups from the side, or even practice pulling yourself out of the water.
- You can also maintain a standard flutter kick while holding on to the side of the pool as shown above. Core work, check.
- Pike legs lifts are another easy activity. Place your back against the pool wall arms out straight to each side. Keeping your legs straight and together pull them straight up in to a 90 degree angle.
Ideas for the Deep End:
- Tread water, without swimming around keep your body upright in the water.
- Scissor Kicks, move to the deep section away from the water. Move your legs straight back and forth as if they are scissors. These are a great ab workout! Want to shake it up? Try holding your hands up out of the water while you do it. This move can be done with any type of kick and is fun as a set of :30 with a :10 rest trying a different leg stroke (flutter, breast, butterfly, scissor) for each :30
- Winning the Lottery! Pull your arms in like your giving yourself a bear hug at the same time do a crunch motion with your legs. Pretending as if you are hauling in your HUGE lottery winnings. Then you have to give it back… so pull it in and push it out. If you aren’t a strong swimmer moves like this should be done with the added help of a flotation belt or dumbbells.
- Deep water pike legs. Pull your legs up straight in the pike position and release. not a strong swimming hold on to the side. A strong swimmer take it to the center of the pool for an added degrees of difficulty. Source
- Float: sure it sounds easy enough but you are engaging a lot of muscle when you float.
These are just a few ideas for kickin’ up for your workout by using your pool like a gym. There are always those boring laps to swim, but these moves can offer a much-needed break in the monotony. 😉
**Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, registered dietitian, or fitness expert. The purpose of my blog is to share my experiences with food, fitness, and life—not to dole out advice. When it comes to your health and fitness, do your research. If you can’t swim, I do not suggest you try this workout. Results may vary, remember I’m pulling this information from 12-year-old memories. Consult an actual health professional before starting a new exercise routine.**
Stay hydrated all…it’s a hot one out there!